Jordan Spieth. File Picture: AFP PHOTO/PAUL LAKATOS
Jordan Spieth. File Picture: AFP PHOTO/PAUL LAKATOS

Miami — Former world No 1 Jordan Spieth says he cannot wait to get April’s Masters out of the way — because he is fed up with being asked about his nightmare collapse at Augusta in 2016.

Spieth appeared to be cruising to back-to-back Masters titles 12 months ago after opening up a five-shot lead with nine holes to play on the final Sunday in Georgia. But his bid for history went up in flames with consecutive bogeys followed by a quadruple bogey on Augusta’s 12th, allowing England’s Danny Willett to grab the green jacket.

Spieth’s meltdown has been described as the biggest collapse in Masters history and a year later, 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 nongolf audience into golf. And it will be nice once this year is 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 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."

Spieth faces Ryan Moore and Japan’s Yuta Ikeda and Hideto Tanihara in his first round group this week. He said Ikeda and Tanihara represented something of an unknown quantity.

"I’ve got a tough group. I don’t know much about two of my players, which is somewhat of a disadvantage to not know much about their games," Spieth said.

Meanwhile, World No3 Jason Day is backing Spieth not to be unduly affected by 2016’s Augusta collapse when he returns to the course in April. "He’s young enough and
talented enough that it won’t even affect him," Day said.

"Obviously, it hurt and stung at the time. I think he’s going to have a lot more opportunities to win Augusta, green jackets and other major championships.

"It 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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