Jordan Spieth wants everyone to know he’s doing just fine.
Speaking publicly for the first time since his Masters meltdown, Spieth said that he wasn’t taking the episode as hard as fans might think.
“I have ladies at grocery stores coming up and putting their hand on me and going, ‘I’m really praying for you. How are you doing?’ And I’m like, ‘My dog didn’t die. I’m doing OK,’” Spieth said from a sponsor’s event in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. “I’ll survive. It happens. It was unfortunate timing.”
Spieth was cruising on Masters Sunday as he entered the back nine. Then he spiraled out of control with a bogey-bogey-quadruple bogey stretch on holes 10-12 that tossed him from the driver’s seat. He would finish tied for second, three strokes behind eventual champ Danny Willett.
After the round, Spieth said all the right things. He slipped the green jacket onto Willett’s shoulders, sat patiently through the trophy ceremony and faced the media who wanted an emotional quote from the 22-year-old experiencing heartbreak. He didn’t give it then, and he didn’t give it now. With time to reflect — and let loose — Spieth now has a rather optimistic view of his unfortunate turn of events in Augusta.
“I laugh about it now,” Spieth said. “I really do.”
Give the kid credit. It’s been 23 days since he drove down Magnolia Lane that Sunday evening, presumably with his head spinning. He’s had time to relive the first tee shot at the par-3 12th that landed on the bank and rolled into Rae’s Creek. The third shot that he chunked into the water. The fifth shot that landed in the back bunker. The tap in for seven. And the 22-year-old is choosing to laugh it off.
He also explained his thought process on that fateful 12th hole in more detail.
“I wasn’t trying to hit the ball at the flag,” he said. “I was trying to hit the ball to our spot. My miss that week was slightly off the heel with a short right shot. Had that miss come on 11. It was just bad timing on the miss. And then just a poorly executed wedge on the next shot.”
Spieth said he received notes the week after the Masters from athletes across all sports with words of encouragement, such as, “This happens to everyone,” “No doubt you’ll be back,” and “Don’t draw on it.”
“And pretty much they believe, just as we believe, that we’ll be back — no problem,” Spieth said.