Wiedmer: Jordan Spieth's splash leads to crazy, surreal Masters

Jordan Spieth pauses on the 18th green before putting out during Sunday's final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. The 2015 tournament champion led the first three rounds and was on top halfway through the fourth before a bad stretch cost him his second green jacket.
photo Mark Wiedmer

The words trickled slowly off Jordan Spieth's lips Sunday evening.

"Lack of discipline."

"Compounded mistakes."

"A really tough 30 minutes for me I hope I never experience again."

Only one other time in golf history have we possibly experienced a meltdown by a final-nine leader in a major similar to the one Spieth suffered at Augusta National's 12th hole Sunday afternoon.

It's a name to make every golfer who has ever so much as clanged one against the windmill at the local miniature golf course wince: Jean van de Velde. And even van de Velde's collapse on the 18th hole at Carnoustie in the 1999 British Open's final round only delivered a triple bogey that forced him into a playoff he lost to Paul Lawrie.