Jordan Spieth is on the verge of his first major victory at the 2015 Masters.
The excitement of The Masters was encapsulated over the closing holes of Jordan Spieth’s round when doubts over his ability to keep control of his own destiny swiftly disappeared with one very special flop shot.
After making a birdie at Augusta National’s 16th hole, Spieth got his score to 18-under par for the tournament, equal to the best-ever winning Masters score.
The seven stroke lead Spieth held over Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson had many wondering if were going to witness something along the lines of Tiger Woods’ record breaking first Masters victory, but one hole later things changed.
Spieth got himself to get his ball pin high beside the 17th green, however an unexpected poor chip shot was followed by three putts and after Rose made birdie at 18, the margin was now just four shots.
Five minutes later when Spieth pushed his approach shot to the 18th right of the greenside bunker, most viewers were wondering if we were seeing the start of a melt down.
The downhill, short-sided chip shot that Spieth faced looked like a certain bogey, perhaps even a double if things got ugly but the young Texan played one of the greatest flop shots in the history of the Masters.
Spieth’s ball landed softly just off the putting surface, avoiding the bunker it rolled down to six feet from the hole. The par putt never looked like missing and regular programming had been restored.
Spieth will be paired with Rose for the final round of the 2015 Masters. Apart from the closing 10 minutes on Saturday, Spieth looks in complete control and eyeing off his first major victory.
But as Australians know only too well, four shots isn’t always enough to win a green jacket.