AUGUSTA, GA. – On Sunday of the 2016 Masters, Jordan Spieth made a quadruple bogey on the 12th hole while blowing a five-shot lead.
During his next round at the Masters, this past Thursday, Spieth took a quadruple bogey on the 13th hole and fell 10 shots out of the lead.
Today, Spieth will try to become the first player in more than a century to win a major after trailing by 10 shots. After shooting 4-under-par 68 on Saturday at Augusta National, Spieth is two shots off the lead and trying to finish second or better at the Masters for the fourth consecutive year.
"All I wanted was a chip and a chair," Spieth said. "I'm certainly going to go for broke tomorrow."
The former is a poker saying and the latter might as well be. Spieth, who trails Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, will try to become the first player since the advent of the Masters in 1934 to win the same major multiple times before turning 24, and the youngest three-time major champion since Jack Nicklaus in 1963.
"I feel great," Spieth said. "After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this. We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win this golf tournament, and no matter what happens at the end, we will have a chance to win with a really good round tomorrow.
"So a new experience for me, coming from behind on Sunday at the Masters, which is kind of fun to say. We have a great history here."
Spieth led wire-to-wire in 2015 and held a five-shot lead on Sunday in 2016. He has put himself in position to win all four Masters in which he has played.
"Tomorrow might free me up a bit, being behind," he said. "I plan to play aggressive, because at this point it's win or go home. So you pull off the shots and you make the putts and then, you know, I want to give myself a chance for that to be enough."
After his collapse in 2016, Spieth vacationed with his friend Rickie Fowler, and they posted videos of themselves acting like teenagers. Sunday, Spieth will try to make golf history and Fowler, a shot back and paired with Spieth on Sunday, will try to make personal history, by winning his first major.
Fowler might witness Spieth making a crucial decision Sunday. His decision on Saturday paid tribute to Arnold Palmer, whose was memorialized Thursday morning before the ceremonial tee shot.
Saturday, Spieth faced a second shot out of pine straw on No. 13. Caddie Michael Geller wanted him to lay up. Spieth asked, aloud, "What did Arnie do?" then lashed a iron shot onto the green and made birdie.
"We all know exactly what he would have done," Spieth said. "And I'm proud that I pulled that shot off and it led to a 4."