Spieth talks 'really special' prep trip to Augusta


DORAL, Fla. – For the second time in three months, Masters champion Jordan Spieth returned to Augusta National, this time for two days earlier this week to begin preparations for the year’s first major.

Spieth spent Sunday and Monday at Augusta National in what has become an annual trip to Georgia prior to playing the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and he said returning to the venerable layout - he made a similar trip in December - is still a bit surreal.

“When I'm there, all that comes back to me,” Spieth said. “It's really special. Guys are calling you ‘champ,’ you have a different locker room. The members are coming up and introducing themselves and saying, ‘We're really happy that you won, come back and do it again.’”

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Spieth said he didn’t notice any changes to the course nor did he hear anything during his stay about a possible lengthening of the par-5 13th hole, which was reported this week.

“It's even in better shape this far before the event than it has been the last couple years,” said Spieth, who tied the 72-hole scoring record at 18 under last year. “The greens were very, very quick and very healthy, so I've got a feeling that they are not going to want 18 under to win again.”