Playing out of the penultimate twosome, past champ and pre-tourney odds-fave Jordan Spieth cratered to a 3-over-par 38-37=75 in today's final round of the 81st Masters to conclude on 1-under 287, down seven places to T11, a distant eight shots out of a 2-man playoff involving overnight co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, won by Garcia.
The 2015 winner and 2-time runner-up was a pre-tourney 13/2 outright, assuming the bookmaker's top spot after news of World No. 1 Dustin Johnson's fall down the stairs and subsequent DNS. After opening in 75-69-68, he began in a three-way T4, two back, and was going for his third major title in 17 major appearances, joining the green jacket and the 2015 U.S. Open (Chambers Bay GC). The 23-year-old got off to a shaky start, kicking off in bogey-birdie-bogey and after squaring the sixth and 10th was out of it. Just as it did last year, the par-3 12th got him again, drinking another tee ball en route to double bogey-5, failed to birdie the par-5 13th, missing an eight-foot birdie, and squared another on the 14th. On pace to shoot 78, which would've been his worst at ANGC in 16 rounds, the Texan birdied three of his final four holes for 75, tying his worst-ever, which he posted in R1 on Thurs. Five of his last seven laps at the Masters have now been over-par. Apr 9 - 9:38 PM