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Spieth now calm and collected after signs his form is turning around for Masters

 

By Phil Casey

Jordan Spieth believes it is a case of panic over as he targets a second Masters title and the fourth Major of his career.

Spieth has been far from his best this season and reached a low point, particularly with his putting, with an opening 76 — while playing alongside Tiger Woods — in the Valspar Championship last month.

The 23-year-old went on to miss the cut and failed to get beyond the group stages in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but bounced back to finish third in the Houston Open in his native Texas last Sunday.

“I made big strides in the last two weeks to get from a panic place to a very calm, collected and confident place,” the 2015 Masters champion said.

“It’s difficult to do in two weeks. Sometimes it takes years. I feel like I’ve been able to speed that process up a lot over the last couple of weeks.

“I feel better coming into this week than I did in 2016 and 2014 where I came off missed cuts in Houston. There’s a lot to be said of the previous week’s momentum and being able to work my way into contention and hit some putts under pressure.

“My iron play and off the tee have been fantastic, just like they were last year. It’s just been about finding the (putting) set-up that I had for a couple of years that I kind of got a little stiff and away from recently.

“Settling into that from round one will be important, but I feel like last week was a tremendous step in the right direction.”

Spieth has finished a remarkable second, first, second and 11th in his four Masters appearances and will also have the chance to complete the Grand Slam by winning the US PGA in August.

“It’s not been the greatest start to the year,” the World No.4 added. “But I look at it in thirds. You get 10 or a dozen events before The Masters, then The Masters through to the US Open is the next third, and then you get the last two Majors and the FedEx Cup play-offs in the last third.”

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