But his luck changed while trying for the second consecutive victory at Augusta National and a third major title. The collapse was as unbearable as it was shocking for Spieth fans.
Spieth's world, it seems, fell apart (as the whole world watched) and he had to hand the green jacket to Englishman Danny Willett.
"I was on (hole) 15 and I was absolutely shocked when I saw Jordan go from five (under) to one (under)," Australia’s Jason Day said after closing with a one-over 73 to share 10th place. "It's tough. It's tough to win major championships.
"So many things and emotions, so many things go through your mind. Sometimes you just don't feel comfortable on certain shots. And unfortunately he hit a bad shot and another bad shot."
Had everything gone right, Spieth would have become only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles at Augusta National.
But luck wasn’t on his side this fateful day.
The internet, as merciless as ever, has been cruel to the man who held the Masters lead for a record seven consecutive rounds.
Jordan Spieth - The Sound of Silence pic.twitter.com/smwV5iCt7d— talkingbaws (@talkingbaws) April 11, 2016
Jordan Spieth LOL https://t.co/VeC6eWmcqP— Sports Vines (@TheSportsVines) April 10, 2016
But internet trollers apart, no one can doubt the grace the young athlete showed while handing over the green jacket to Willett.
His fellow pros agree:
What a great show of class and sportsmanship by @JordanSpieth after#masters. Moving forward I will be a big fan!! A great example to follow!— Paul Johnson (@GTPaulJohnson) April 10, 2016
And the fans agree too:
.@JordanSpieth Hang in there brother! Huge fan of your game and your class!! You'll be back many times over. Wish ya the best!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) April 11, 2016