"The Stack" 4-11-16

Englishman Danny Willett won his first green jacket on Sunday at the Masters thanks to shooting a five under (-5) 67 an watching Jordan Spieth crumble right before our very eyes. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Englishman Danny Willett won his first green jacket on Sunday at the Masters thanks to shooting a five under (-5) 67 an watching Jordan Spieth crumble right before our very eyes.
Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
The look says it all. Jordan Spieth's meltdown on the par 3 12th hole, a hole he hit his tee shot in the water and eventually got a quadruple bogey on, cost him a chance at his second green jacket.
Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

The Stack is back after the weekend and probably most everyone’s weekend was better than Jordan Spieth’s.  We’ll get to the Masters collapse plus a couple of other topics, but first the NHL regular season is over and the playoffs are set to start on Wednesday.  The Stack will have the NHL playoff preview post on Wednesday, so definitely don’t miss that one.  Now, let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Monday, April 11th:


Spieth collapses, Willett wins Masters


For the last seven rounds at the Masters heading into Sunday, the name on top of the leaderboard has been Jordan Spieth and only Jordan Spieth.  He was looking to go wire to wire again this year and win his second consecutive green jacket.  Through nine holes it was looking pretty good.  He had birdied each of the last four holes on the front nine and had a pretty good grip on the tournament.  It looked like another Masters Sunday with fairly little drama. 


A bogey on both holes ten and eleven?  OK, not great, but certainly nothing to get bent out of shape on.  Then came the par 3 12th.  It would turn out to be a hellish hole for Spieth.  His tees shot couldn’t stay up on the grass and rolled into the drink.  After he dropped it, he chunked his next shot back into the drink.  Then his next shot he sent into the sand beyond the green.  When it was all said and done, Spieth record a quadruple bogey 7 and the lead was gone.  That is because during Spieth’s collapse Danny Willett was playing tremendous.  He buried his birdie putts.  His approach shots set him up very nicely to make those birdie putts.  Willett came into the day at even part (E) and saved his best golf for the very last day.  He got five birdies and zero bogeys.  Nobody shot better on Sunday than the 67 Willett shot.  Spieth tried to rally with a couple of birdies on the par 5s, but when he missed his birdie putt on the 16th that could have cut the deficit to one, you pretty much knew he wasn’t coming back.


The meltdown on the 12th hole is something that Spieth will have to live with forever.  It is going to be very difficult to overcome this collapse, but Spieth is young enough and talented enough that he won’t let this define his career.  He is still going to win plenty more majors and multiple other green jackets.  Spieth was gracious in the loss in talking with the media afterwards.  A lot of character and that is what we like to see out of athletes.  This will sting, but Spieth will be back.  As for Willett, his life has now changed forever.  He won the Masters.  It is his first green jacket.  Congrats to Willett.  Tremendous comeback and an epic collapse in what will be one of the most unforgettable Masters we’ve ever seen.


Warriors win number 72


It wasn’t pretty, but the Golden State Warriors will at least tie the 95-96 Chicago Bulls for best regular season record of all-time following their 92-86 win over the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night.  Steph Curry had 37 points and had a big three quarter that helped the Warriors build a lead and ultimately hang onto it.  The Spurs were seeking an undefeated record at home, a seemingly nearly impossible and almost just as impressive achievement like the Warriors getting to 73 wins.  They were without Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw for what that’s worth.  After Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota, it looked pretty like the Warriors might not get to 73 wins.  They received a tough test from Memphis on Saturday night, but managed to win by one.  They also beat the Spurs twice in four days so they have to feel good about where they are at.  A win at home against Memphis on Wednesday and history is all theirs.


Will Smith shot dead after car accident


No the actor is not dead, but very sad news to pass along out of New Orleans where Saturday night, ex-New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed after getting into a minor car accident Saturday night.  An H2 Hummer rear-ended Smith’s car, causing him to hit another car with Smith’s friends.  Smith and the Hummer driver had words and Smith was shot as well as his wife Racquel.  Will was pronounced dead at the scene while Racquel is recovering in the hospital.  She will recover from her injuries just fine, but losing her husband and father of three kids is something that she will never recover from.  What a senseless and tragic act.  I’m not sure if the suspect Cardale Hayes legally could own a gun or not, but if he didn’t please NRA, try and spin this.  I dare you.  Too many of this tragic accidents keep happening because bad people find ways to get guns.  What a shame.  What a tragedy.  Hayes is being charged with second degree murder and is in jail with bond set at one million dollars.  Sad situation all the way around.


Coming up Wednesday: NHL playoff preview