Spieth: I didn't ask for swing coach to return Sunday


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth butchered the last three holes for two consecutive days, playing Nos. 16-18 in 5 over par on Friday and Saturday.

Spieth’s swing coach Cameron McCormick was conspicuously back at Augusta National on Sunday after returning to Dallas earlier, prompting many to believe Spieth called his guru in for an emergency session before the final 18 holes.

Not so, said Spieth.

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“I didn’t ask for him,” he said after signing for a 73 to tie for second place and losing a chance at a second consecutive Masters title. “He texted me and said, ‘Hey, would you like it if I came back?’ I said, ‘Sure.’ It can only help me if he’s here. He likes for me to be self-reliant, but at the same time the wheels kind of came off the last three holes on Saturday. I think he felt that just his voice would bring my confidence back into my swing and it certainly did.

“But, listen, I had my B-minus game tee to green, and I made up for it around the greens with my putter. Ultimately you just have to have your A-game every single part, and I just didn’t have those iron swings, as it showed on the back nine.”