Spieth tees up his chances at Mas­ters

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JOR­DAN Spieth in­sists if he plays his best golf at Au­gusta next week he can “take down” any ri­val – in­clud­ing world No.1 Dustin John­son – and cap­ture a sec­ond Mas­ters ti­tle.

The cur­rent world No.6 is con­test­ing this week’s Shell Hous­ton Open in the sec­ond of what will be three events in suc­ces­sion up to and in­clud­ing next week’s first Ma­jor of the year.

The Texan be­lieves his per­for­mances im­prove the more he plays and this is no more ev­i­dent than the past two years lead­ing to Au­gusta.

In 2015, Spieth was sec­ond in both Lone Star State events be­fore win­ning a first Mas­ters ti­tle a week later.

Then, last year, the Amer­i­can fin­ished T15th and T9th in his two events be­fore the Mas­ters and went to Au­gusta only to im­plode while lead­ing mid-round on the last day and al­low Sh­effield’s Danny Wil­lett through to win by three shots.

“His­tor­i­cally I’ve played bet­ter golf the sec­ond, third and fourth week in a row. You kind of get the kinks out play­ing the week be­fore,” said Spieth. “I’ve done that for two of the four Ma­jors and yes, while I’ve had the week off be­fore the US Open the past few years, we won one there.”

How­ever, while Spieth won in 2015 and was run­ner-up last year, John­son will be a clear favourite for most ob­servers next week af­ter win­ning the two World Golf Cham­pi­onship events in the space of three weeks.

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