THE MASTERS RE­VIEWED

WIN­NING THE AUS­TRALIAN OPEN LATE LAST YEAR PRO­VIDED 21-YEAR-OLD JOR­DAN SPI­ETH WITH THE BLUE­PRINT TO CLAIM THE 2015 MASTERS, HIS FIRST MA­JOR VICTORY

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Jor­dan Spi­eth lav­ished praise on his Aus­tralian coach Cameron McCormick af­ter lead­ing through­out to win the Masters at Au­gusta Na­tional in com­mand­ing fash­ion.

Cameron, who has been in Spi­eth’s cor­ner since the new cham­pion was 12 year’s old, was de­scribed by the player as “a very spe­cial teacher”.

“I’ve trusted Cameron since I was twelve, nearly thir­teen,” said Spi­eth. “I have com­plete trust in any­thing he says. He’s my swing coach, putting coach, short game coach, men­tal coach… ev­ery­thing.

“He’s the only one who knows what I’m think­ing out there and how to adapt to the sit­u­a­tion. He’s a very spe­cial teacher.”

Cameron ob­vi­ously had in­flu­ence in Spi­eth agree­ing to play the Aus­tralian Open last Novem­ber, an event he won in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion (fin­ish­ing with a 63 in chal­leng­ing, windy con­di­tions).

Spi­eth con­firmed that he will be re­turn­ing to Syd­ney to de­fend his ti­tle later this year.

“I plan mak­ing the trip to Australia in Novem­ber. It was a spe­cial week for me in 2014 and did a lot for my ca­reer. With­out it, I might not be wear­ing the Masters Green Jacket now.”

He said that what the Aus­tralian Open did for him was iden­tify a level of pa­tience to close out an event.

“I was at a stage where I was hav­ing strug­gles when I was to­wards the top of the leader­board on Sun­days.

“We had not iden­ti­fied the so­lu­tion but we found it in Australia against a world-class field that in­cluded the world’s two top-ranked play­ers at the time, Rory McIl­roy and Adam Scott.”

Spi­eth (who had fin­ished tied sec­ond be­hind Bubba Wat­son in 2014) be­came the first wire-towire win­ner of the Masters since

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