Spieth will never fully get over Masters meltdown: Love

Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:15pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth will never get over his shocking Masters meltdown, no matter how many major championships he wins, but will learn from his collapse, United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love said on Wednesday.

Spieth heads the rankings for the American team to play Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota this year.

Love does not think Spieth’s Masters experience, where he quadruple-bogeyed the 12th hole in the final round to throw away the green jacket won by Danny Willett, will have any negative long-term impact on his career.

But the 52-year-old knows first-hand that it will still leave mental scars.

Love won one major title, the 1997 PGA Championship, but also had several near-misses, none more traumatic than the 1996 U.S. Open when he bogeyed the final two holes, missing a three-footer at the last that would have put him into a playoff.

“I could have won,” Love recalled wistfully of that experience at Oakland Hills in Michigan.

“You never forget it because maybe you think you’re never going to have another chance.

“At 22, (Spieth is) going to have a lot more chances. I’m sure he’s looking at it differently, but it doesn’t matter if he wins five Masters and five of every other major and breaks Jack’s record, he’s still going to look back and go ‘I could have won that one’.

“You’ll never get over it but he got a lot out of his game last week. He survived without his A game and almost won.   Continued...

Apr 10, 2016; Augusta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth waits on the 7th green during the final round of the 2016 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports