On the 20th anniversary of an epic Masters meltdown Augusta National witnessed a far more shocking collapse as Jordan Spieth self-destructed on the back nine to gift the Green Jacket to Danny Willett.
Gasps of disbelief rumbled around Amen Corner as defending champion Spieth, who led by five shots after nine holes, dropped six shots during a three-hole stretch that will go down as one of the most stunning crashes at a major golf championship.
"It was a very tough 30 minutes for me that hopefully I will never experience again," said a shell-shocked Spieth. "I can't imagine that was fun for anyone to experience other than Danny's team.
"At one point I told (caddie) Mike (Greller), 'it seems like we're collapsing.'
"Big picture this one will hurt. It will take awhile."
Willett told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Monday he kept focused and took it "one shot at a time" as it became clear an opportunity to clinch the title was opening up.
"If you're going to win majors or win golf tournaments, you've got to get quite fortunate at the right time, and regardless of what we did, we needed a little bit of help obviously from Jordan and he gave us it," the 28-year-old English golfer said.