There is no doubt that Jordan Spieth’s explosion on the 12th hole yesterday will be talked about for some time, but there is an interesting comparison to be made with Rory McIlroy’s famous duck hook off the 10th tee in the 2011 Masters.
In 2011 McIlroy had a one shot lead heading to the 10th tee and promptly hooked it left and ended up with a triple bogey 7. That started an epic collapse on the back nine, which saw him card a final round 80 and finish in a tie for 15th place.
There was a big difference in these two meltdowns, as McIlroy was yet to win a major and Spieth had already won two majors before Sunday’s collapse. McIlroy ended up bouncing back to win the 2011 U.S. Open in dominating fashion. He showed that he had mentally recovered from the collapse and was determined to put that in the past.
Spieth had all but locked up the green jacket for the second consecutive year, despite bogeys on 10 and 11 on Sunday. He had two par fives left at 13 and 15 and a favorable pin location at 16 that had already yielded three hole in ones on Sunday. For me, Spieth had by far the bigger meltdown because he had such a big lead with seven holes left to play.
Only time will tell as to whether or not Spieth can rebound from Sunday. I have a feeling he will be just fine and might even win another major this year.