Monday, 26 June, 2017

Jordan Spieth is already winking at his Masters demons

Damon Campbell | 19 April, 2017, 06:58

The best week in sports is upon us - Masters Week.

Spieth seems to be in a good frame of mind as he enters his fourth career Masters.

Jordan Spieth is also one of the favorites at +800, and he is the only golfer with odds of less than +2800 that has actually won a green jacket.

He played them as though he were seeing Augusta National for the first time.

Yet there was a happy moment for the Texan at the 12th on Tuesday, as his tee shot in a practice round left the simplest of tap-ins.

The Augusta National patrons roared with laughter. "Use those invites to the best of my ability and try and follow in, I guess, Bryson (deChambeau) and Jon Rahm's footsteps and get some status for 2018 here in the U.S".

The sting is still there. "Every caddie I've had here says if you can have only one or two putts for the week where you're dead facing the hole or the hole's dead behind you, you'll do okay". "That would be insane". He later went on to win the US Open that year, and finish in the top four in the British Open and PGA Championship. Even before surgery and after surgery she wants to get back home. He gave away some of that cushion with back-to-back bogeys at the 10th and 11th, but it was at the par-3 12th, the devilish little hole known as Golden Bell, that he lost the tournament.

The first round tees off Thursday morning. This perhaps explains why Paddy Power are offering 30/1 enhanced odds on McIlroy to win the US Masters.

Speaking at Augusta National on Monday ahead of this week's Masters, Day told the Golf Channel: "There's been a lot of things go on this year that have been somewhat distracting to my golf".

When the tournament begins, he expects more of the same.

"He's a guy that you know that when you're paired up, he's been there and you don't feel like you have that major championship winning edge", Spieth said. "Usually I have a week or two more weeks of tournaments under my belt".

In order for for that to happen, Johnson admits that his game will have to continue to be in top form.

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"Obviously, it's not the tournament", Spieth said.

McIlroy has performed very well too despite competing in almost half the events, placing in the Top 10 three times in four PGA events with just over $1 million in earnings compared to more than $5 million for Johnson.

"Golf was the last thing I was ever thinking about when this first came about".

Spieth's enthusiasm got more pronounced when asked specifically what makes this course so appealing to him.

"But I feel as though I have played here enough in different conditions that I should be fine", he said. "It's imaginative golf. It's feel golf".

"I'm pleased with my preparation and hopefully I can be really firing when the opening round comes". "Unfortunately I can't think like that", Day said.

No perhaps about it, no one has played better golf this year than Dustin Johnson.

And the sooner he can be fitted for a green jacket, the better.

"If it's soft, obviously, it'll definitely help, but with the forecast of wind on Thursday and Friday, the golf course is going to play very hard", Johnson said. "I've been so fortunate to have succeeded here and had great success a few years running".

"I heard he had switched to a fade, and then I saw it", Zach Johnson said.

"It was cool", Luck said, describing how McIroy offered to play with him then promptly birdied the first two holes.

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