Jordan Spieth has admitted his Masters meltdown in 2016 haunted him, and said he “loathed” playing Augusta afterwards.
The 2015 masters champion looked set to go back-to-back in Georgia after standing on the 10th tee on Sunday with a five-shot lead.
However, he proceeded to drop six shots in the next three holes, sending two balls into the water on the par-three 12th hole, allowing Danny Willet to sneak in and snatch the green jacket.
"Even though it was still a tremendous week and still was a really good year in 2016, that kind of haunted me and all the questioning and everything. I let it tear me down a little bit. I kind of lost a little bit of my own freedom, thoughts on who I am as a person and as a golfer," Spieth said.
"I loathed going to the golf course for a while."
Spieth went on to a T11 finish in 2017, before coming third this year.