AU­GUSTA HOODOO

For­mer World No 1 just wants to get over Mas­ters

New Straits Times - - Sport - JOR­DAN SPI­ETH

MI­AMI the 23-year-old Texan is look­ing for­ward to the time when he is no longer asked about his im­plo­sion.

“No mat­ter what hap­pens at this year’s Mas­ters, whether I can grab the jacket back or I miss the cut or I fin­ish 30th, it will be nice hav­ing this Mas­ters go by,” he said ahead of this week’s World Golf Cham­pi­onship-Dell Match Play tour­na­ment in Austin, Texas.

“The Mas­ters lives on for a year. It brings a non-golf au­di­ence into golf. And it will be nice once this year’s fin­ished to be bru­tally hon­est.

“It would be best if I could re­claim the jacket but I be­lieve I’ll be back up there sooner or later be­cause of the way I play the golf course, the suc­cess I’ve had and the com­fort level I have

The Mas­ters lives on for a year. It brings a non-golf au­di­ence into golf. And it will be nice once this year’s fin­ished to be bru­tally hon­est.”

there.

“Whether it hap­pens this year or not it will just be nice when it’s over, be­cause that tour­na­ment, it’s a 365 day thing. There’s no other Mas­ters.

“I won in Colo­nial three starts later. So as far as af­fect­ing me when I’m in a tour­na­ment, I think that an­swer is clear, it doesn’t do that.

“But as far as just hav­ing all the ques­tions be done, I’m pretty sure they will be.”

World No 3 Ja­son Day is back­ing Spi­eth not to be un­duly af­fected by last year’s Au­gusta col­lapse when he re­turns to the course next month.

“He’s young enough and tal­ented enough that it won’t even af­fect him,” Day said.

“Ob­vi­ously, it hurt and stung at the time. But I think he’s done pretty good with his ca­reer thus far, and I think he’s go­ing to have a lot more op­por­tu­ni­ties to win Au­gusta, green jack­ets and other ma­jor cham­pi­onships.

“It goes in there and kind of sits around in your head a lit­tle bit but sooner or later it kind of goes off and you’re done with it.” AFP

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Jor­dan Spi­eth is fed up be­ing asked about his night­mare col­lapse at Au­gusta in 2016.

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