Jack Nicklaus Says Jordan Spieth’s Masters Collapse Could Be a ‘Good Thing for Him’

April 25, 2016

Jordan Spieth’s Masters meltdown might help him after all. At least that’s what Jack Nicklaus says.

Spieth, trying to defend his Masters title, hit two balls into the water on the par-3 12th hole during the final round of the Masters and made a 7 to fall down the leaderboard. Englishman Danny Willett took advantage and won his first major.

Speaking to the media prior to last week’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, Nicklaus said that “in many ways I’m not sure that it isn’t a good thing for him.”

“What I mean by that is that he’s 22 years old,” he continued. “To win a Masters twice at 22 years old, that puts him right at the top of everything. He’s got a long future in front of him. He’s a very talented young man, he’s a nice young man, he’s very focused. Winning it twice might take away some of that focus is exactly what I said to you about if I had won the U.S. Open when I was an amateur in 1960, I might not have continued to work because I felt like I’d be scratching my head out here (referring to getting a big head).

“Although I know my heart went out to him, he had — to have that happen, I know that he knows he should never have hit the ball to the right of the bunker. I don’t care what kind of swing you put on it on 12, it just can’t happen. But I think that there will be some good that comes out of all bad and I think he will — although I know he would have liked to have won obviously and a lot of people would have liked to have seen him win, I don’t think in the long run that it’ll ever hurt him; it will only make his resolve stronger.”

Nicklaus won 18 career majors and six green jackets, so if The Golden Bear thinks Spieth will bounce back, we’d be foolish to question him.