Jordan Spieth lamented a lack of luck after his pursuit of a second green jacket continued following a fourth-round unraveling at the Masters.
The former world No. 1 and 2015 championcollapsed in dramatic fashion a year ago as a quadruple-bogey opened the door for Danny Willett to take victory.
Many expected Spieth to exorcize those demons after a surge up the leaderboard on "moving day"left him just two strokes off the lead heading into the final round at Augusta. But Spieth toiled to a 3-over 75 —including a moment of deja vu after finding the water again at 12 for a double bogey —which left him in a distant tie for 11th, with Sergio Garcia going on to win a dramatic playoff against Justin Rose.
The 23-year-old was understandably disappointed with his score, particularly given he felt he was making the correct shot selections.
"I struck the ball, obviously, the first hole was a birdie hole and I did a great job of hitting that fairway 90 percent of the time I play this place," Spieth said. "And it was a bummer being in the bunker, but it felt like I hit the ball really well, I felt like it was either five yards short or five yards long. That's just kind of how it was and that happens.
"And out here, distance control is so key. And I did, I was two yards into the rough so many times and it makes a huge difference on controlling the distance out of the rough. It's a coin flip. Is it going to jump or come out spinning? I lost five coin flips on my guess. Truly, it is.
"I wasn't doing much wrong. And that's what was so tough. I didn't feel like I was doing much wrong and I just look up and it just wasn't landing where I thought it would."
Spieth added: "It was nice being able to walk here and really swing freely. Watch the ball come down where I wanted it, or, I mean, on the line I wanted it to, it just didn't come down with the distance I thought.
"It was one of those days that I shot 75, but, boy, it felt like a really good round. I felt great over the ball. My wedges and short game really let me down this week, compared to being at the top of the leaderboard."
Spieth's tie for 11th follows a run of form that saw him miss the cut at the Houston Open and T30 at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.
Asked about his form in 2017, the world number seven said: "We're in a good position this year.
"I'm going to try and go back and regroup, because these last three events weren't exactly what I wanted to get out of them and that's a bit disappointing, with two Texas events and then the Masters.
"But it's almost like just a bit of a regrouping, because I'll have a really fun stretch of golf coming up. And I'm looking forward to it very much. We got three more Majors this year and I'm certainly excited at having another chance to try and win one."
Spieth played alongside countryman Rickie Fowler, who carded a four-over-par 76 to also end the event one under.
"It would have been nice to swing a little better, like I have been. But that was a little off," Fowler said.
"We fought through it great through the week in the wind [on Saturday], getting a lot out of the round, making sure we stayed in the golf tournament. I didn't just hit the ball up and down or make the putts I needed to."