Jordan Spieth trolled mercilessly on Twitter after blowing Masters 2016 lead
- Jordan Spieth, who had led throughout the Masters Tournament, was in pole position to win before crumbling on the back nine on Sunday
- He hoped to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles at Augusta National
- As 22-year-old Spieth’s down spiral kicked off in the back nine of the final round, Twitter users began trolling the golfer, using memes and gifs
- The young golfer, though defeated and disappointed, was praised for how he gracefully handled his post-match interview
- Following Spieth’s tragic back nine, Danny Willett won the championship
Jordan Spieth has seen better days.
Nine holes away from history, the defending Masters champion threw it all away in a collapse around Amen Corner that was shocking even by Augusta National standards.
As 22-year-old Spieth’s down spiral kicked off in the back nine of the final round, Twitter users began trolling the golfer, using memes and gifs to mock him.
Spieth seemed certain to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles at Augusta National when he made the turn with a commanding five-shot lead. But, in less than an hour, he had totally thrown it away, handing the championship to Danny Willett.
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Jordan Spieth, who had led throughout the Masters Tournament, was in pole position to win before crumbling on the back nine on Sunday. As 22-year-old Spieth’s down spiral kicked off in the back nine of the final round, Twitter users began trolling the golfer, using memes and gifs
Following Spieth’s tragic back nine, Danny Willett won the championship and Spieth presented him with his green jacket
Spieth, left, was unable to hide his disappointment at losing the lead and an opportunity to win his second successive Masters victory
Willett pictured waving to an applauding and appreciative crowd while wearing the Masters champion’s green jacket
Willett closed with a 67 for a 5-under 283, beating Spieth and Lee Westwood by three strokes.
Spieth, trying to become the first player in history to win wire-to-wire in a major in successive years, ran off four straight birdies to end the front nine and build a five-shot lead. And then it all fell apart.
A bogey from the bunker on No 10. A tee shot into the trees on No 11 that led to another bogey.
‘Yeah, it’s a tough one,’ he said of the final round.
‘I knew the lead was five with nine holes to play,’ he added. ‘And I knew that those two bogeys weren’t going to hurt me.’
‘But I didn’t take that extra deep breath and really focus on my line on 12. Instead I went up and I just put a quick swing on it.’
Spieth only needed to get past the dangerous par-3 12th hole to settle himself, especially with two par 5s in front of him.
Instead, his tee shot bounced off the slope and into the water. From the drop zone, his wedge was fat and Spieth turned his head. He didn’t even look as it plopped into the water again.
He made a quadruple-bogey 7. It was the first time in a major tournament as a professional golfer that Spieth had scored higher than a double bogey on a hole.
Even then, he should have been able to come away with a five and limit the damage, but indecision over where to drop the ball played havoc with his mindset.
‘I wasn’t exactly sure what to do there,’ he said.
‘I wanted to get it to a number where I could have it end up where it landed. It would take a skip and come back. So I wanted 80 yards.
‘So I tried to get 80 yards. I’m not really sure what happened on the next shot. I just hit it fat.’
Birdies at 13 and 15 gave him some hope, but a missed six-footer at the 16th and a par-par finish by Willett closed the door.
Comparisons have been drawn between Spieth and Greg Norman, who had a meltdown in the 1996 Masters when he blew a six-shot lead to Nick Faldo in 1996.
Spieth’s down spiral was the worst seen at the Masters since Norman’s 20 years ago.
From nine through 12, the Australian went bogey, bogey, bogey, double-bogey, surrendering a ball to Rae’s Creek to take a five that day as Nick Faldo came storming by. Spieth, of course, took a seven at the par three 12th.
Amid his tragic meltdown, Twitter turned his pain into humor by transforming the professional golfer into a series of memes.
Many social media users photoshopped a picture of crying Michael Jordan over Spieth’s in photos of him standing on the golf course.
He was also compared to ‘sad Ben Affleck’ in a photo in which Affleck had just heard news of the reviews of Batman v Superman.
Others focused on the moment in which Spieth presented Willett with his green jacket.
In the clip, Spieth trips over a chair as he gives Willett the jacket before staring off into the distance, likely imagining what could have been.
Other social media users used gifs of fires, plane crashes and other disasters to display the tragedy of Spieth’s downfall on the green.
The young golfer, though defeated and disappointed, was praised for how he gracefully handled his post-loss interview as well as the presentation of Willet’s green jacket.
Some people compared Spieth’s actions to those of Cam Newton, and told the NFL star that he could learn a thing or two from the golfer.
‘I hope Cam Newton is watching how @JordanSpieth is gracefully handling this crushing loss,’ one Twitter user wrote.
‘Note to Cam Newton: @JordanSpieth showed how to conduct a post-loss interview. Class. #Masters2016,’ said another.
Jack Nicklaus, who has won six Masters tournaments, posted a message of encouragement on Twitter following Spieth’s devastating loss.
He wrote: I think the whole golfing world feels for Jordan Spieth. He had a chance to do something truly special and something very few have done before – and be the youngest to accomplish that -and he just didn’t pull through.
The young golfer, though defeated and disappointed, was praised for how he gracefully handled his post-loss interview as well as the presentation of Willet’s green jacket
Willett (right) speaks to Spieth during the presentation ceremony at the end of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on
The pair of champions, pictured, then shook hands and showed mutual respect for each other while the crowd looked on
Jordan Spieth of the US reacts after finishing on the eighteenth hole during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament
Spieth had hoped to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back Masters Tournament titles at Augusta National
‘My heart goes out to him for what happened, but I know that Jordan is a young man who will certainly learn from this experience and there will be some good that comes out of this for him. He’s a wonderful talent and a wonderful young man.
‘I’ve watched Danny Willett play on television a few times and when I’ve seen him swing the golf club, I have thought, “Well, this young man looks like he’s a pretty darn good player”.
‘He had moved himself up to 12th in the world, so he’s obviously done something right and was playing very good golf coming into Augusta.
‘What impressed me so much is that when he realized he was in a position to win, he finished it – and that’s the mark of a champion: To finish a good round; give yourself an opportunity to win; and when the other fellow doesn’t finish, you’ve got to be there.
‘Danny Willett was and kudos to him. What an amazing couple of weeks for him – from becoming a new father to becoming the latest Masters winner. My congratulations go to Danny for what he did.’
Spieth was left to dream about what might have been as he became just the second defending champion, after Ben Hogan, to lead after 54 holes the following year and fail to clinch the win.
Next up for Spieth as concerns the majors will be the defense of his US Open crown at Oakmont outside Pittsburgh in June.
He can take encouragement from McIlroy’s turnaround after his 2011 Masters debacle, winning the US Open at Congressional by eight strokes.
‘Of course we’re going to fight back, you know. There’s no give up in us. We tried, but it just was one bad swing,’ he said.
Spieth reacts as he waits to putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament
Spieth reacts after hitting his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Masters Tournament. He scored a quadruple bogey on the hole
Willett could not hide the smile on his face during an interview after donning the victor’s traditional green jacket, pictured
Willett was pictured speaking to his wife on facetime in the clubhouse. She did not travel after giving birth on March 30 to their first child, Zachariah James Willett
Speaking to MailOnline earlier this year, Willett revealed he was contemplating missing The Masters altogether if his wife had not given birth, with her due date being April 10, the final day