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Masters 2015: Jordan Spieth is better equipped after last year's challenge

By Staff Reporter

Jordan Spieth believes he has greater knowledge to cope with the pressure of trying to win the Masters after coming close to creating history last year.

Spieth held a two-shot lead after seven holes of the final round 12 months ago as he looked to surpass the absent Tiger Woods as the youngest ever Masters champion, as well as being the first player to win on their tournament debut since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

That lead became a two-shot deficit as he bogeyed the eighth and ninth and Bubba Watson birdied the same holes, Watson eventually going on to win his second green jacket in the space of three years.

Spieth finished joint second with Sweden's Jonas Blixt and comes into this year's event having won his second PGA Tour title in the Valspar Championship and finishing second in his next two tournaments.

Speaking about last year's final round, the 21-year-old said: "That was definitely the highest amount of pressure I've ever felt. I enjoyed it, but at the same time when you're feeling that kind of pressure, it's hard to get comfortable picking fearless shots, and then I bailed out on a couple of swings.

"The hardest lesson taken from last year was that I had an opportunity to make a dream come true and I had it in my hands, and then I was just a little anxious. You can make the excuse that as a first-timer and 20-years-old, that's likely to happen.

"In my mind, I was playing the best through 61 holes and didn't quite close it out."

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