AUGUSTA — Jordan Spieth dropped six shots over a three-hole stretch in a disastrous turn of events for the 22-year-old Texan at the 2016 Masters.
Spieth led the field by five after nine holes and looked as if he was cruising to a second straight green jacket at Augusta National, but things changed quickly.
Spieth bogeyed the 10th and 11th holes and recorded a quadruple-bogey on the par-3 12. His first two balls found the water, and his third swing — his fifth shot after the penalties — found the bunker behind the green.
After playing the first three holes of the back nine in 6-over, Spieth moved to T4 and two off the lead. A birdie from Danny Willett on the 16th hole gave the Englishman a four-shot advantage over Spieth, who at the time was on the 14th green. Willett was three clear of Lee Westwood after the birdie on 16.
Spieth birdied 13 to come within three of the lead.