Spieth looks to make new Masters memories after '16 meltdown

Kevin Chappell helps his son Wyatt putt on the second hole during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday

It may have been only a practice round, but Jordan Spieth proved on his return to the site of his US Masters collapse that he has moved on from the disastrous sequence that cost him a win previous year. Spieth has played in three Masters, and never finished lower than second.

"I hit it to about 'that, '" Spieth said, holding his hands about a foot apart.

Last year, Johnson was in contention late Sunday, but his chances were partly undone by his inability to make putts for birdie down the stretch.

"I'm excited about the opportunity ahead, which is now I can go back and really tear this golf course up", he continued about his favorite tournament.

The Masters starts in Augusta on Thursday with Johnson scheduled to play alongside fellow Americans Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker in the last group out.

Yet this course is also the site of his worst nightmare - when Spieth put two in the water on No. 12 to card a quadruple bogey.

"It will surely be there and it has been there", said Spieth, wearing a green shirt that would be a flawless match for the jacket he hopes to don again on Sunday.

"I feel for him. But you know, anything can happen".


"Just being around him (I learned about) hard work and dedication, listening to him tell stories about growing up and how hard he used to practice", Johnson said. "I always thought it suited my game very well", Johnson said.

"I don't know, maybe it's a good thing".

"He said, it is a golf course that can tempt you into doing a little bit too much". This is where he captured his first major with a dominating 18-under score in 2015, sparking a run at the Grand Slam and one of the greatest years in golf history.

Spieth has made it clear he is sick of questions about past year and his quadruple-bogey seven on the 12th in particular, which he followed with birdies on the 13th and 15th before a bogey on the 17th ended his chances. Earlier this year, Clemson captured the NCAA football title, and Johnson's alma mater (Coastal Carolina) won the 2016 NCAA baseball title.

Scott said the added time on the ground at Augusta has instilled a sense of contentment in his entire game, despite firing a second round 77 to miss the cut in Houston by one shot.

On Tuesday Spieth said he borrowed that remark from Michael Greller, his caddie.

Johnson, who is looking to become the first golfer not named Tiger Woods to win four consecutive PGA Tour starts since Ben Hogan in 1953, is the man to beat along with McIlroy and Spieth but many challengers are ready to pounce should they falter.

And he has no regrets over how last year's tournament played out. I will do all I can to see all the positives and grind it out like we did in 2015. "Just in three years of playing it, I've grown as a golfer significantly out here".

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