"Jordan Spieth will take that to his grave."
"This will haunt him forever."
"He will have a hard time overcoming it."
"That was the greatest collapse in golf history."
By now, you've probably read all the Monday morning quarterback columns and quotes
about Jordan Spieth's "epic" collapse in the final round of the Masters. Spieth was made out
to be Bill Buckner, Greg Norman, Jackie Smith, and Jean Van de Velde all rolled into one.
Spieth choked, gagged, and fell apart before our very eyes, blowing the greatest tournament
in the world of golf.
Many of the so-called experts from golf analysts, media experts, and experts about everything
on Twitter are wondering if Spieth can recover from this made-on-TV disaster.
Spieth is all of 22-years-old. He is not wired like me, you, or just about anyone else in this
world on the course. He is a spectacular golfing genius with multiple major championships
on his resume and millions upon millions of dollars in his bank account. He is already set
for life and if you think his life and golf career is going to come unraveled by his unbelievable meltdown during the Masters, you have absolutely no clue.
Yes, he blew a 5-shot lead.
Yes, he choked on the par-3 12th hole.
Ye, he looked like a weekend hacker.
This just in: it can happen.
Jordan Spieth is human, just like you and me. He has his bad moments, days, and weeks.
Pressure gets to him just like it got to Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson, Scott Hoch and just
about every golfer who has ever played the game.
Mickelson had a major meltdown in the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, spraying the
ball all over the place on the 18th hole and gift-wrapping a championship that was his, to
Guess what? Mickelson recovered and won two more major championships.
Spieth is mentally tough, resilient, and a bottomless pit of talent. He's not going to need
sessions with a therapist and he's not going to drop out of sight for a while. After his quadruple
bogey on 12, Spieth bounced back with a birdie on the next hole. He didn't give up, didn't
pout, fall apart, or lose his focus, even if his normal brilliant game was M.I.A.
live television. But it's a moment he will learn from. He will grow from it and become
even better than he already is.
Did you really think Spieth was going to roll through the next 18 years of his career without
facing some kind of adversity? No great athlete does. None. Name one.
It's part of life. It's part of sports. Most of the so-called "experts" haven't played sports at
a high-level. They don't know about the pressure, the nerves, or the demons that can
enter your head at the worst times. Yeah, it happens. And no athlete is immune from them.
It happened to Spieth. But he will come back stronger than ever. Count on it.