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Jordan Spieth suffers Masters meltdown with quadruple-bogey nine on the 15th

Jordan Spieth’s nine at the 15th in the first round put him at the bottom of the field – Getty Images/Warren Little

Augusta National gives, but it also takes away. Just ask Jordan Spieth, the 2015 champion, whose reputation as a Masters specialist took a few blows on Friday when he recorded a nine on the 15th on his way to a 79.

This isn’t the first time that Spieth – who has four top-five finishes at the season’s first major since becoming the second-youngest winner nine years ago – has been a croupier on the par-five, which usually acts as a birdie hole is considered. In 2017 he also took a quadruple bogey on the 550-yarder and thanks to this reprise he wrote a piece of Masters history.

Justin Ray, the Twenty First Group’s chief statistician, reported that he is the only player in the past two decades to post multiple scores of nine or worse on a hole at Augusta. Graphically mapping its non-agonal woe is a journey.

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A shot tracker of Jordan Spieth's nineA shot tracker of Jordan Spieth's nine

How Spieth made a mess of the 15th

His drive was pulled slightly, but nothing disastrous and he hit his second to take distance. Spieth flew over the green, but with his short game no dramas. Except his chipped fourth rolled past the hole and kept going… and kept going… and kept going… all the way into the lake in front of the green. After taking a penalty drop, he flew over the green again with his sixth and understandably left his chip short on this occasion before two-putting.

It could be worse. Seven years ago, another former winner in Sergio Garcia took a 13 at the 15th after visiting the water five times. The Spaniard even holed a 12-footer to ensure he alone had the ignominy of recording the worse score on every hole in the Masters except the worst.

However, Spieth seemed in no mood to seek any consolation and also made bogey on the 17th. But he made a spectacular par – thanks to a daring chip – on the 18th to break 80.

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Yet only five players in the 89-man shot higher in the first round, including reigning Open champion Brian Harman with an 81. And his collapse was even more astonishing than Spieth’s.

Harman, playing in his first major since cruising to that six-shot win at Royal Liverpool last July, was shocked when it all unraveled. The left-hander had been two under for nine holes, but thanks to three double bogeys and a triple bogey he came back in 47 shots – 11 over par. The 37-year-old’s inside half was the worst nine-hole score of any player under 50 in fifteen years.

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