Steve Elkington on Spieth’s collapse: ‘don’t know how he could have re-grouped’

Jordan Spieth had the Masters in his hands Sunday…until it slipped away. After hitting a 7 on the 12th hole, it opened up the chance for Danny Willett to win his first Masters.

Steve Elkington, a major winner himself, joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday to break down what happened to last year’s Masters winner.

“He had that tournament pretty much totally under control,” said Elkington. “The guy is so good. We all saw what happened on Sunday. He had the same issue on Saturday evening. It started the day before.”

Elkington said that while the collapse was shocking, what happened next said a lot of about Spieth.

“I don’t know how he could have re-grouped and made birdie at 13 and 15,” said the 1995 PGA Championship winner. “Everybody else would just have to take a knee.”

“I think he will be back,” said Elkington. “Hardly anyone can beat him when he’s playing good. The pain that he endured this Sunday was no different than the pain he was given from Dustin Johnson in Seattle when DJ three-jacked that last hole. DJ had to go through the same thing. It just wasn’t as long a painful. It was only about two minutes.”

Elkington related it to an experience he had in 2002.

“I lost a playoff in the ’02 British Open. Did it affect me? Hell yeah it did. I still think about it,” said Elkington. “I would still rather have a British Open jug in my house. One guy becomes history, everyone else is history.”

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