Speith relishing 2017 Masters after meltdown last year

The American won the tournament in 2015

BY Simon Maguire 12:21 Tuesday 21 March 2017, 12:21 21 Mar 2017

United States' Jordan Spieth. Image: ©INPHO/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth is looking forward to this year's Masters tournament in Augusta as he attempts to banish the memories from last year's meltdown.

Seemingly on course to retain his Masters title, the Texan endured a horror back nine highlighted by a seven on the par three 12th and ultimatley finished second behind Danny Willett.

He won at Colonial golf club three months later and admitted earlier this season that his win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am exorcised any demons he had from Augusta when he held the lead after 54 holes and went on to win.

Spieth's game suits Augusta National and he has finished in the top two in each of his three starts there.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Spieth said: "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.

“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, from my point of view, to be brutally honest with you.

“It would be best if I could reclaim the jacket. But I believe that I’ll be back up there sooner or later [because of] the way that I play the golf course, the success I’ve had and the comfort level I have there. Whether it happens this year or not, but it will just be nice [when it’s over] because that tournament, it’s a 365 day thing. There’s no other Masters.

“We won in Colonial three starts later. So as far as affecting me on course 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.



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