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Jordan Spieth gets words of encouragement from Jack Nicklaus, Stephen Curry after Masters collapse

The Masters Tournament

Jordan Spieth takes a second drop on the 12th hole after one of the two times his shots landed in Rae’s Creek while hitting approach shots there during the final round of the Masters tournament.

(David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Jordan Spieth clearly wasn’t doing too well following Sunday’s final round of the Masters at Augusta National. The 2015 tournament champion lost his balance and nearly fell while putting the green jacket on this year’s winner, Danny Willett.

“As you can imagine, I can’t think of anybody else who may have had a tougher ceremony to experience,” Spieth said after squandering a five-stroke lead going into the back nine with three bogeys and a quadruple-bogey to land in a second-place tie with Lee Westwood at two-under, three back of Willett.

Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus tweeted out some comforting words for the 22-year-old later in the afternoon.

“I think the whole golfing world feels for Jordan Spieth,” the 18-time majors winner wrote. “He had a chance to do something truly special and something very few have done before — and be the youngest to accomplish that — and he just didn’t pull through. My heart goes out to him for what happened, but I know that Jordan is a young man who will certainly learn from this experience and there will be some good that comes out of this for him. He’s a wonderful talent and a wonderful young man.”

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Spieth’s good friend Stephen Curry fell to the basketball court during warmups between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs after hearing about the golfer’s misfortunes.

After the Warriors’ 92-86 victory, clinching a tie with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the most wins in a single season (72), Curry also had an encouraging message for his buddy.

“I know he’ll be back,” Curry said of the two-time major winner. “Obviously not the ending he wanted, but the way he grinded pretty much 3 1/2 rounds and he’s only 22, so you’re going to see a lot of him down the road. It’s probably going to be a learning experience for him as he seeks many more majors. He’ll be back.”

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