• "I am convinced he will get over it extremely quickly," he said
• The Frenchman makes his Senior Open debut at Carnoustie
JORDAN SPIETH | JEAN VAN DE VELDE | THE MASTERS
Jean van de Velde has backed Jordan Spieth to recover from his Masters disaster and believes the American will get over what happened at Augusta ‘extremely quickly’.
Van de Velde, who famously triple-bogeyed the 18th hole in the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie to cost him the chance of the major title – losing out in a play-off to Paul Lawrie – watched as the horror unfolded at Augusta National last Sunday as Spieth let slip a five-shot lead after nine holes, with a quadruple-bogey at the par-3 12th his main undoing.
But the Frenchman, who never threatened in a major after his Carnoustie near-miss, believes that Spieth will come back fighting immediately when he returns to action on the PGA Tour.
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“He’s an extraordinary player with an amazing head on his shoulders,” said Van de Velde, who will make his Senior Open debut at Carnoustie this July. “I am convinced he will get over it extremely quickly and when he does so, he’ll become stronger and stronger and stronger.
“You can name many other players down the years who have had big leads and lost them. The fact of the matter is, the game goes in one direction and then completely in another. It has a habit of giving you a slap on the finger just five minutes after getting the biggest prize you can think of.”
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The Frenchman also revealed how he thought Spieth handled himself in the immediate aftermath of The Masters where, clearly pained by what had just happened, he gave a TV interview and had to present the Green Jacket to Danny Willett in the Butler Cabin with millions watching at home.
"He’s very likeable and has such a great personality" - Jean van de Velde
“I didn’t hear everything that he said but from what I saw, it’s clear that he’s a strong kid. He’s not afraid to say things that would make him feel vulnerable and, at the end of the day, he’s human. He’s very likeable and has such a great personality for such a young man.
“He’s got an amazing talent and when he makes a mistake, he says, ‘Hey, I’ll be back, it’s not the end of the world and I’ll have more chances’, and I’m pretty sure that he will.”
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