Johnny Miller: Jordan Spieth’s Masters Collapse Will ‘Haunt Him a Long Time’

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Jordan Spieth hits out of a bunker on the 10th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Jordan Spieth says he now laughs about his tragic Masters loss, but others aren’t so certain he’ll brush it off that easily.

In a teleconference on Thursday, NBC lead golf analyst Johnny Miller said Spieth’s Sunday collapse at Augusta will “haunt him a long time.”

Spieth led the field heading into the back nine at Augusta but bogeyed 10 and 11 and then, on the 12th tee, dunked two balls into the water and took a quadruple-bogey 7. He lost the Masters by three strokes to Englishman Danny Willett.

Spieth hasn’t played in any events since the Masters, and he’ll return to tournament golf at next week’s Players Championship. Miller said the thought of what happened Sunday afternoon at Augusta National will find its way to creep into the back of Spieth’s mind regardless of what tournament he’s playing.

“He’s going to be thinking with the lead on the back nine, ‘I hope I don’t fall apart like I did at Augusta,'” Miller said.