Jordan Spieth will likely never get over his debacle at Augusta National's par-3 12th hole during the final round of The Masters last April, but he did at least soften the blow during last month's annual trip there.
Following bogeys at 10 and 11, Spieth made a quadruple-bogey seven at the 12th hole in the final round of the 2016 Masters to fall from 7-under to 1-under in the space of three holes, squandering a five-shot lead heading into the back nine.
Spieth would eventually finish three strokes behind winner Danny Willett in a tie for second with Lee Westwood on 2-under.
Had Spieth gone on to win the Green Jacket last year, he would have become the youngest player in the Masters era to have won three majors, as well as the game's first back-to-back, wire-to-wire major winner, on top of landing a second Masters in just his third appearance.
Returning to the scene for the first time since April during his regular December trip with friends and sponsors, however, Spieth hit an 8-iron to 15 feet and poured in the putt.
“I was pumped to hit the green, and then I hit my putt and it just about stopped short on the front lip and fell in for two,” said Spieth, who tees up at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii this week.
“I probably gave like a big fist pump. I was walking around with my hands up, like ‘demon’s gone.’”
The next day he hit 9-iron from the member's tees to a left pin and nearly made a hole-in-one.
“So I got two twos out of the 12th the first time back,” he said. “Last two times I played the hole, I made birdie.”
A pair of birdies is nice, but real revenge for Spieth will be slipping on his second Green Jacket in three months time.
“Certainly right now our focus is right on the Masters and doing what we can ahead of time in order to prepare for it.”
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