Jordan Spieth producing the defining moment of a Masters has been a recycled storyline for the last three years. During his first trip to Augusta National as a 20-year-old, Spieth fought eventual champion Bubba Watson tooth and nail.
In 2015, Spieth donned the green jacket after playing in historic fashion. And, of course, in 2016, the overriding memory of the tournament was Spieth’s quadruple-bogey 7 on the par-3 12th.
Spieth’s already had a few moments in 2017 and we still have the final round to go. The Texan could have had his week put the bed on Thursday when another quadruple bogey, this time on the par-5 15th hole, seemed to doom his chances. However, making a charge on moving day, Spieth gave us the conversation and shot of the tournament so far.
Laid up in the pine straw to the right of the 13th fairway, Spieth and his caddie, Michael Greller talked over their options at the reachable par-5. Greller was angling for a layup short of the creek, but Spieth had other ideas.
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To Greller’s credit, and knowing his player fully, he gave him the confidence and quick affirmation he was looking for. Spieth then pulled off the shot — as if there was any doubt that he wouldn’t — and two-putted for birdie. His Saturday 68 moved him into a tie for fourth place at 4-under par, two shots back of 54-hole co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
Will we get another Masters-defining moment on Sunday? We can’t wait to find out.
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