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Jordan Spieth won't get over Masters meltdown easily, says Nick Faldo

By Phil Casey

Three-time Masters champion Sir Nick Faldo believes Jordan Spieth will be 'scarred' by his shock collapse at Augusta National on Sunday.

Spieth took a one-shot lead into the final round as he looked to join Faldo, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in winning back-to-back Masters titles.

But on the 20th anniversary of Faldo winning his third green jacket as Greg Norman squandered a six-shot lead after 54 holes, Spieth blew a five-stroke advantage with just nine holes remaining after dropping shots on the 10th and 11th and running up a quadruple-bogey seven on the 12th.

"This will scar him. This will damage him for a while," said Faldo, who saw Danny Willett follow in his footsteps to become the second English winner of the Masters. "We're all in shock with what happened to Jordan. In '96 you got the sense that Greg was struggling, but it was bit by bit (Norman shot 78 and Faldo 67).

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"What happened to Jordan was so sudden. It was 10 minutes. That's the harshness of it."

Spieth agreed that it would take him a long time to get over Sunday's dramatic events, with the World No.2 carding four birdies in succession from the sixth to seemingly gain total command of the tournament.

The 22-year-old failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the 10th and then drove into the trees on the 11th, before amazingly hitting two balls into Rae's Creek in front of the 12th green.

Birdies on the 13th and 15th kept the US Open champion's hopes alive, but a bogey on the 17th confirmed he would have to settle for a share of second place with Lee Westwood.

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Spieth, who has now finished second, first and second in his three Masters appearances, said: "It's tough, really tough. Four birdies in a row and I knew that even par (on the back nine) is good by at least a shot and sometimes that makes it hard. You go away from the game plan and start playing conservative. A few weak swings and suddenly I am not leading any more.

"We still have the confidence that we are a closing team. It was just a very tough 30 minutes that I hopefully never experience again. But you wonder about not only just the tee shot on 12, but why can't you just control the second shot and make five at worse, and you're still tied for the lead. Big picture, this one will hurt. It will take a while.

"I had my B-minus game tee to green and I made up for it with my putter. Ultimately you need your 'A' game, and I just didn't have those iron swings, as it showed on the back nine."

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