Spieth Says He’s Over Masters Meltdown, Getting Ready for Oakmont


Spieth Says He’s Over Masters Meltdown, Getting Ready for Oakmont

By Burt Carey

Jordan Spieth says he now laughs about blowing a five-shot lead entering the last nine holes of the Masters at Augusta National last month.

You would too if you had pocketed $53 million last year, and knew there’s more where that came from.

Jordan Spieth, greatest Masters meltdowns, PGA, million dollar donation, St. Jude Children's ResearchThe world’s No. 2 golfer was making an appearance at FedEx Ground corporate headquarters in Coraopolis, Pa., Tuesday when he commented publicly for the first time since leaving Augusta following one of the greatest Masters meltdowns ever.

“I’m not taking it very hard,” he said. “I’ve got ladies in grocery stores coming up there, putting their hand on me, going, ‘Really praying for you. How are you doing?’ I’m like, ’My dog didn’t die. I’m doing OK. I’ll survive. It happens.’ Again, unfortunate timing. I laugh about it now — I really do.”

Entering the 10th hole at Augusta National, Spieth carried a five-shot lead. Bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 weren’t overly problematic for the defending Masters champion and 2015 FedEx Cup champion. Then came No. 12, a short par three over Rae’s Creek. His tee shot found the water and so did his second shot. He finished the hole with a quadruple bogey, and – poof! – he was no longer leading the Masters and would ultimately lose to Englishman Danny Willett.

“I wasn’t trying to hit the ball at the flag on 12,” Spieth said. “I was trying to hit it to our spot on the left. I already made the mistake in 2014 hitting it in the water there. My miss that week was slightly off the heel with a short right shot, and had that miss come on 11, it’s no problem. Had it come on 14, 16, these other holes, it’s no problem. It was just bad timing on the miss; then a just poorly executed wedge on the next.

“And you know, it is what it is, and I’ll move on. If you’re in contention at a major, hopefully 50-plus times in your career, something like that is bound to happen. Just don’t let it happen again.”

Spieth took a long vacation following the Masters. His first PGA appearance since then will be at next week’s Players Championship, and then he’ll set his eyes on the U.S. Open, which will be played at Oakmont Country Club in June. That’s where Spieth was on Wednesday this week, playing a course that’s on his bucket list for the first time.

“I’m going to try and learn what I can tomorrow and I’m going to come in early and see it before the tournament week starts, try and take the same approach as Chambers Bay,” Spieth said. “ … I’ve actually played a couple rounds (at Oakmont) on my Full Swing Golf Simulator at home. I’ve seen the golf course. At least I know which hole is shaped which way, so I’ll get on the tee and at least know. But hitting off a good lie on Astroturf might be a little different from the lies I’ll experience out there.

“So, yeah: going in with a blank canvas. I’m not going to look too much into tomorrow as a practice round and spend a ton of time hitting different putts to different locations. Tomorrow will be a fun round just getting a first look, and then getting a yardage book, mapping out maybe a couple things here or there that I want to know when I arrive for the real preparation.”

Spieth was in Coraopolis celebrating his 2015 FedEx Cup championship and to publicly see a $1 million donation by FedEx made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research

Source:  Baret News


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