Jordan Spieth may have shot to prominence in the golfing world following his showing at the US Masters last week where he almost won the green-jacket in his first time playing the Augusta National course - but he is not resting on his laurels.
The 20-year-old finished in a tie for second at Augusta on five-under-par, just three-shots behind eventual winner Bubba Watson. Indeed, for much of the final day it looked as if Spieth might become the youngest man ever to win in Georgia, but he let an early lead slip and eventually allowed Watson to claim his second-green jacket.
That said, his achievement is still a phenomenal one – especially considering Spieth only turned professional 17 months ago. And whilst many youngsters may have taken a back-step to reflect on their remarkable progress, Spieth is simply wanting to get back out onto the course again at the RBC Heritage this Thursday.
“It [the Masters] definitely left me hungry and ready to play golf again,” he said, according to Savanahnow.com.
“And ready to eventually get back there again, which is, I think, the only way to kind of redeem myself.”
“There’s nothing that’s haunting me from last week. I feel like I played really well to not shoot an over-par round on that course and not make more than a bogey for four days the way that course was playing.
“I truly believe that I’ll be back."
Spieth’s performance at Augusta was one that belied his tender years and he admits to having to keep ‘the 20-year-old inside him’, but there were moments on the final day when his lack of experience showed. This was perfectly encapsulated on the 12th when he effectively handed victory to Watson by attempting to attack the flag on a difficult par three, only to see his shot land on the edge of the green and roll back into the water.
Understandably the week took something out of Spieth – to come so close to winning a major is tough for any player to take – and he explains that he spent most of his time recovering in the company of friends and family.
“I just wanted to hang out with (my friends and family) and just kind of soak in the week,” Spieth continued.
“Although I did that in between rounds, as well, I wasn't able to kind of really have the full experience of just seeing everybody. I tried to stay away from talking golf and stay away from the tournament.
"We went back and had some dinner back at [my manager's] house, and just played some Ping-Pong, pool, hung out for the night. After the media and everything, when we got away from the golf course it was pretty late.
“We just slept. It meant a lot to me to have close family and family friends there."
One thing that the new world number nine does have on his side is time though. And Spieth is already looking towards the future – rather than thinking what might have been. Indeed, he has a great chance to make further strides towards one of his long term aims of competing in the Ryder Cup as he lines up alongside Davis Love III and Tom Watson this week.
He said: “A huge goal of mine has always been, my whole life, to make a Ryder Cup team.
“So playing with the captain, I’m sure there will be some extra nerves there trying to impress him.”
Spieth will face some tough competition if he is to back-up his impressive display at the Masters with a win this week in South Carolina though. The field contains seven of the top 25 players in the world, including Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson as well as Graeme McDowell, who will be defending his title from last year.
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