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Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:57

Jordan Spieth to replicate Rory McIlroy US Open feat following Masters collapse

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Jordan Spieth & Jake Owen Jordan Spieth & Jake Owen Erik Charlton

Jordan Spieth shocked the world by imploding on the back nine at Augusta to miss out on his second Masters crown.

The 22-year-old looked poised to don the Green Jacket for the second year on the spin following an exemplary performance on the opening nine holes of his round. However, bogeys on the 10th and 11th put pressure on the American as the costly errors brought the chasing pack back into contention. Spieth then collapsed on the 12th by sending his tee shot into the water and followed his effort up with another scuff into the hazard, ending the hole with a quadruple-bogey.   The composure of Danny Willett put the title beyond Spieth as he was forced into risky shots to catch the Englishman, Spieth finished three shots off the pace in second place.   His collapse sparked memories of Rory McIlroy’s horror show at Augusta in 2011 when the Northern Irishman dropped a four-shot lead on his final round to miss out on the Green Jacket. McIlroy bounced back from his disappointment at the next major, the US Open, with a record-breaking performance to secure his first major. The 26-year-old showed character to bounce back from his failure in Augusta and Spieth has the talent and the composure to return to glory at Oakmont Country Club in June.   He will take to the tee in Pennsylvania as the returning champion following his triumph at the competition in 2015.   At Chambers Bay the American capitalized on errors from his compatriot Dustin Johnson to win his second major by one stroke.   When this article was produced, Spieth was 13/2 to win the crown with the oddsmakers at http://extra.bet365.com/news/en/Golf, although McIlroy and Jason Day will also be desperate to bounce back following underwhelming displays at Augusta.   Spieth will have opportunities to round back into form ahead of the competition at Oakmont Country Club, although he has struggled for success on the PGA Tour during 2016. However, the American will have to produce strong performances at events where he has yet to taste victory on the tour.   He has failed to triumph at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship, the Players Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson, meaning that the Texan will need to raise the level of his game to triumph.   McIlroy has performed strongly at the Wells Fargo Championship, winning the event by seven strokes last year, which could put him in prime form ahead of the US Open.   The world number two will have to show the character of a champion to rally from his capitulation in Georgia and only time will tell whether his confidence on the course is affected going forward.   The golfing world will be watching with baited breath next time he takes the tee at Oakmont in his attempt to rebuild his image on one of the toughest stages of them all.
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