Spieth reveals women pray for him after Masters fail

Jordan Spieth has spoken for the first time since his Masters collapse revealing ladies in grocery stores have been praying for the American.

Spieth, as defending Augusta National champion, let slip a five shot lead standing on the 12th tee and then posting a quadruple bogey ’7′ to eventually lose three and share second place behind new Masters champion in England’s Danny Willett.

Danny Willett saltues the ground Masters champ Danny Willett salutes the crowd as Spieth watches on (Credit: Matt Harris)

“I’m not taking it very hard,” Spieth told reporters at a FedEx Cares event in Pennsylvania.

“I have ladies at grocery stores coming up and putting their hand on me and going: ‘I’m really praying for you. How are you doing.’ And I’m like, ‘My dog didn’t die, I’m doing OK.’ I’ll survive; it happens. It was unfortunate timing.

“Actually I laugh about it now. I really do. But it keeps coming up, and I understand that.”

Spieth was asked about the collapse at the 12th hole at Augusta National and summed it up in two words: Bad Timing.

“I wasn’t trying to hit the ball at the flag at 12; I was trying to hit the ball to our spot,” he said. “My miss that week was slightly off the heel [of the club] with a short right shot. Had that miss come on 11, it was no problem. It was just bad timing on the miss. And then just a poorly executed wedge on the next shot.

“It is what it is. And I’ll move on. If you’re in contention at a major say 50 times in your career, something like that is going to happen. Just don’t let it happen again.”

Also Spieth says he’s found comfort from “some of the world’s greatest athletes” afterward and has used their words as motivation.

“I received notes immediately following that night pretty much saying, ‘This happens everywhere. No doubt you’ll be back. Don’t draw on it. It happens to everyone in all sports on different levels,’” he said, without naming names.

“And pretty much they believe, just as we believe, that we’ll be back no problem.”

The year’s next major championship will be the US Open at Oakmont Country Club starting June 16 where the Texan is defending champion.

Spieth will play the course for the first time Wednesday morning as he looks to repeat as Open champion after winning at Chambers Bay.

“The history of Oakmont produced champions who believe they won at the toughest test, which is a US Open at Oakmont,” he said.

“I already believe we have won golf’s toughest test — in winning any US Open. But to win it at what is regarded as the day-to-day toughest /course in the United States, possibly the world — that would be something you’d look back and say, ‘I conquered golf right now.’ So that would be a really cool feeling.”