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A timeline of Jordan Spieth's sudden Masters meltdown

In less than 45 minutes, Jordan Spieth saw a five-shot lead go to a three-shot deficit. Here's how it went down on a manic Sunday at Augusta.

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At 5:05 p.m. ET, Jordan Spieth rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole at Augusta National. The crowd surrounding the green watched in high anticipation as the putt tracked perfectly toward the cup, eventually crescendoing into a roar that seemingly signified Jordan Spieth was Masters champion again.

Just 50 minutes later, it was hard to remember that moment on the ninth green even happened. Spieth's tournament and presumptive Masters defense deteriorated in a span of three holes. It was a truly shocking turn of events from one of the steadiest players on tour. It wasn't as simple as a single shot, by a single player either. While Spieth crumbled, Danny Willett pounced. To make it even more interesting, Spieth then mounted a comeback, ripping off a couple of birdies to get back in the chase before eventually coming up short.

Combined, it made one of the most suspenseful and shocking two-hour stretches in Masters history. Here is the timeline of the full collapse, Spieth's comeback and the eventual end on the 17th green when he made a bogey.

5:05 p.m. - Spieth makes birdie on No. 9.

Jordan Spieth - 7-under
Danny Willett - 2-under

When Spieth rolled in that 21-footer, it moved him to 7-under, five strokes clear of the field. It was his fourth straight birdie. He seemed as dialed in as he had all week. He was on his way to back-to-back, or it sure seemed.

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5:21 p.m. - Willett makes birdie on No. 13

Jordan Spieth - 7-under
Danny Willett - 3-under

Willett moved into sole possession of second place with a nice birdie at No. 13. At the time, it appeared to set him up for the best finish in his major championship career, even if it wasn't a win.

5:22 p.m. - Spieth makes bogey at No. 10

Jordan Spieth - 6-under
Danny Willett - 3-under

Just seconds after Willett made birdie, Spieth missed a par putt and knocked in a 4-footer for bogey. It was a quick two-shot swing, but not many batted an eye. At least initially ...

5:34 p.m. - Willett makes birdie at No. 14

Jordan Spieth - 6-under
Danny Willett - 4-under

Willett surged at just the right moment with his second straight birdie pulling him within two strokes of the lead. Suddenly he was a legitimate threat, even if there was work to do.

5:35 p.m. - Spieth makes bogey at No. 11

Jordan Spieth - 5-under
Danny Willett - 4-under

After hitting his tee shot in the trees, Spieth was forced to hit a recovery shot out. He hit a great approach on his third shot, but couldn't roll in the par putt. The bogey was hardly a terrible result after the tee shot, but just like that his lead was just one stroke.

5:38 p.m. - Spieth shanks his tee shot on No. 12 into Rae's Creek

Jordan Spieth - 5-under
Danny Willett - 4-under

The wheels started to come off with one of Spieth's worst swings of the tournament. He was aimed left, and yet pushed the ball way right and short. It bounded off the slope and back into the water. While Spieth had had some issues throughout the tournament, this was his biggest mistake. At least up to that point.

5:43 p.m. - Spieth chunks his third shot into Rae's Creek

Jordan Spieth - 5-under
Danny Willett - 4-under

His tee shot was shocking and then he hit his third shot, which was incomprehensible. While Spieth had struggled off the tee and with long irons all week, he had been nails from 100 yards in. His 68-yard attempt, however, never had a chance. He laid the sod over it and the ball came up at least 20 yards short of the green. The wheels were fully off and the meltdown was on.

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5:48 p.m. - Spieth taps in for a quadruple bogey seven

Jordan Spieth - 1-under
Danny Willett - 4-under

After hitting his fifth shot long and into a back bunker, Spieth got up and down from that point to finish with a seven. A quadruple bogey, the worst score he'd ever made as a pro on a par-3. The hole took him from leading by a shot to trailing by THREE.

5:59 p.m. - Willett makes birdie at No. 16

Jordan Spieth - 1-under
Danny Willett - 5-under

Willett suddenly found himself in the lead. And whether he knew it or not, he made sure that didn't change with a beautiful approach into the 16th green. He was nails from seven feet to make birdie and move to 5-under, the eventual winning score.

6:04 p.m. - Spieth makes a birdie to get one back at No. 13

Jordan Spieth - 2-under
Danny Willett - 5-under

Coming off disaster, Spieth responded as well as he possibly could. It had to be hard to get over the chaos from the previous hole, but he did well to try and right the ship. A birdie on No. 13 pulled him within three of Willett.

6:15 p.m. - Willett scrambles to get up-and-down and save par on No. 17

Jordan Spieth - 2-under
Danny Willett - 5-under

Willett found himself in some trouble after hooking his approach to No. 17 into a bad spot. Getting up and down was going to be a significant task from the back left of the green. A task Willett was up to. He hit a wonderful, maybe tournament saving, chip then finished off the par. It was a crucial up-and-down to keep momentum and not open the door back to Spieth or the rest of the field, which including world-class chasers like Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood at that point.

6:18 p.m. - Spieth burns the edge on the 14th to settle for par

Jordan Spieth - 2-under
Danny Willett - 5-under

Needing to get back every shot he could, Spieth was faced with a 33-footer for birdie on No. 14. He gave it a great run, burning the right edge and nearly holing it. It was only an inch from dropping, but an inch Spieth couldn't afford. He had to settle for a par.

6:31 p.m. - Willett finishes his round with a par to post 5-under

Jordan Spieth - 2-under
Danny Willett - 5-under

Willett couldn't stumble in. He had to make the field chase him down if they were going to stop him. He did just that on No. 18, nearly making a birdie before finishing off a par to get in the clubhouse.

6:34 p.m. - Spieth makes a birdie at No. 15

Jordan Spieth - 3-under
Danny Willett - 5-under

Spieth didn't go quietly and if he was going to make a run a birdie or better at the 15th was a must. He laid up, but hit a wonderful approach shot and made the putt to get one back. Even despite the quad, he had recovered and was making a run.

6:44 p.m. - Spieth misses a birdie try on No. 16

Jordan Spieth - 3-under
Danny Willett - 5-under

Spieth needed two birdies on his final three holes to force a playoff. He had a good look at a birdie on No. 16, but the 8-footer didn't drop. He finished up for par, missing another opportunity, probably his last best hope at making it a game. It set up a must-birdie situation headed to the 17th.

6:58 p.m. - Spieth bogeys the 17th to secure a win for Willett

Jordan Spieth - 2-under
Danny Willett - 5-under

Spieth's approach into No. 17 came up short and found the bunker. He needed to hole out to stay alive. That didn't happen and then he missed the par putt to officially end it. As soon as the putt went wide, the celebration for Willett was on.

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Just like that, it was over. A 1 hour and 53 minute stretch that saw Spieth drop from a soon-to-be three-time major champion to the author of one of the worst collapses in major championship history. A five-shot lead became a three-shot deficit in under 45 minutes. The green jacket was gone. Spieth was forced to answer questions of what went wrong and how does he recover instead of where does he see himself among the greats of the game.

Spieth analyzed and overanalyzed every shot during his routine all week. Led at the end of seven consecutive Masters rounds. Then in all came apart in a quick flash on the back nine on Sunday at Augusta.

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