Spieth using wins, not close losses, as motivation

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jordan Spieth won the Masters last month wanting to redeem himself.

Though there is the same kind of history at The Players Championship after he came up short in the final round last year, Spieth isn’t seeking redemption this week.

Spieth took the lead early in the final round of the Masters last year but stumbled coming home. He erased the bad memory winning it this year. He went into the final round of The Players last year tied for the lead, but he couldn’t finish, tying for fourth with Martin Kaymer winning. Spieth said he isn’t looking to erase another memory this week as much as he is looking to build a new one.


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“I don't know if it's going to be the same type of scenario,” Spieth said. “Last year at the Players, I was probably more upset than I was after 2014 at the Masters. I felt like I had some experience and still got a little down on myself, a little negative and wasn't able to pick myself up. So this one hurt more, I think.”

And yet Spieth believes he’s better served this week remembering success instead of failure.

“To be honest, it's easier for me just to look back on this year's Masters and take that kind of confidence, versus revenge off of last year,” Spieth said. “It worked at Augusta, looking back at the near misses, but at Augusta, I was also looking back at the recent wins, more so probably than anything . . . I think I'll be looking back at this year's Masters to try and draw confidence from, more than I will trying to get anything back at this point from last year. That's what winning the Masters has done for me.”