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Spieth 'still stinging' from close call at Augusta

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Jordan Spieth admitted that his close call at last week’s Masters is “definitely still stinging” but hopes to build on that auspicious performance moving forward.

Speaking Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” Spieth said he’s focusing on the positives from his T-2 at Augusta National and not how close he was to becoming the youngest major champion in more than 80 years.

“I’m definitely still stinging, there’s no doubt about it, to work your whole life to be in position to win a golf tournament you’ve always dreamed of (and then lose by three shots to Bubba Watson),” Spieth said on the show. “But I never expected to be in that position maybe this early, so I’m definitely looking back at all the positives going forward.”

Spieth was vying to become not just the youngest Masters winner in history, but also the youngest major champion since 1931. Leading by two shots on the eighth tee Sunday, he went bogey-bogey to fall two shots behind Watson.

Spieth admitted that he got “greedy” with his tee shot on the par-3 12th, which came up short and kicked back into Rae’s Creek. The ensuing bogey essentially ended his chances.

“To be honest, that was a rookie mistake,” he said on the show. “My caddie and I had talked about hitting it over to the right side where all the veterans hit it. I got over the ball and felt very comfortable and confident and didn’t really stick to the game plan. I tried to work it into the hole.

“In the long run, it’s probably better than it worked out that way than if I pulled it off, because now I’ll sit back and look at it and realize you just have to stick to that original game plan out there and you can’t get greedy, and that’s what I did just on that one swing.” 

Spieth is playing this week’s RBC Hertiage, where he tied for ninth a year ago. He is scheduled to meet with the media on Wednesday.