2017 Masters

6. Jordan Spieth continues his complicated legacy at Augusta

In 2014, Spieth finished tied for second at his first ever trip to Augusta. The following year, he won, tying the Masters scoring record in the process. Those will always be part of Spieth’s Augusta legacy.

But his complete collapse at the 2016 Masters will also be a part of his legacy. Recording a quadruple-bogey nine on the 15th hole during the opening round of the 2017 Masters will also be a part of Spieth’s legacy.

In fact, the 2017 tournament was even more complicated. Spieth fought back brilliantly, even channeling the late Arnold Palmer to hit one of the tournament’s best shots on Saturday.

Unfortunately for Spieth, the magic seemed to stop there. Spieth entered Sunday only two back of the lead but bogeyed three of his first six holes, effectively taking his name out of the mix.

So, what do we make of this guy?

The talent is obvious. But a lot of Spieth’s calm, humble nature seems to have gone away. Since winning the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open, Spieth has been more willing to let his emotions show. But Spieth had one of the best seasons in golf history while maintaining a calm, stoic demeanor.

Showing emotion may work for some people (Patrick Reed), but Spieth’s best golf came when he was more of an icy player. He’d do well to try to find that person again.

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Michael Dixon
Bay Area born and raised, I have extensive experience in both the print and online worlds. There are few things in this world I love doing more than talking sports.