A year on from his dramatic final-round implosion on the 12th at Augusta, Jordan Spieth endured another nightmare hole at the Masters, making an astonishing nine on the par-five 15th.
Spieth, who became the favorite for the year's first major following the withdrawal of Dustin Johnson due to a back injury earlier Thursday, initially made solid progress as winds made life tricky in Round 1.
However, after making par on his return to the 12th and then birdieing 13 to climb into a share of the lead, Spieth's round unraveled in dramatic fashion.
The 23-year-old Texan bogeyed 14 before making an absolute mess of the next hole, his troubles starting when his third shot spun back into the water in front of the green.
Spieth's next pitch flew over the back of the putting surface and further problems followed as he played a poor chip before three-putting for aquadruple-bogey.
Quadruple bogeys of Jordan Spieth's pro career:— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) April 6, 2017
2014: 14th hole at Doral
2016: 12th hole at Augusta
2017: 15th hole at Augusta pic.twitter.com/S1quEScHUW
As a result, Spieth found himself 4 over, seven back of one of his playing partners, Matt Fitzpatrick. The Englishman made birdie at 15 to take solepossession of the lead at 3 under.
To his credit, Spieth bounced back impressively by birdieing the short 16th, courtesy of a superb tee shot, but the 2015 champion had left himself with much work to do.