Jordan Spieth missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open this week, but his confidence is anything but shaken heading into the year’s first major. After firing a nice three-under par 69 in the first round, the wheels fell off for Spieth who bogeyed three of his final five holes to shoot a forgettable 77 leading to his first MC in 18 starts. But he’s taking the positives with him as he heads to Augusta bit earlier than expected this weekend.
“Made some strides in my putting this week, which is something I can take a lot of confidence into next week,” Spieth said. “I was a bit rough around the edges in my putting last week in Austin, and I really felt like I put better strokes on it here. Putting well next week, obviously as we know, is important, considering I didn’t strike it very well last year and certainly was in a position to win.”
And then he dropped the proverbial mic by basically reminding everybody who’s finished T2, 1, T2 in his first three career starts. Even though he’s not technically the favorite (DJ is), he’s got a game tailored to a course that only a few people in history have ever had.
“I think we know, and the other players that are playing next week know, that we strike fear in others next week,” Spieth said. “So that’s our idea, that’s going to be my confidence level going in, and we’ll step on the first tee ready to play.”
Now those are some major fighting words!
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