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
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