PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jordan Spieth sat down with assembled media Wednesday at TPC Sawgrass and was in good spirits. On the eve of The Players, the 22-year-old was ready to talk about the week and the bigger events that lie ahead.
Others were ready to dissect Spieth’s 12th-hole Masters meltdown.
“At this point I don’t think people feel sorry for me,” Spieth said. “It’s the nature of the game.
“I think people have moved on already. At least I thought so until I came in here today.”
Spieth has not played a tournament for the past month, not since that fateful Sunday in Augusta where he plunked two into Rae’s Creek and made quadruple bogey-7 on the par-3 12th.
The first week of vacation, Spieth never unpacked his clubs. The second he spent on the widely-hyped #SB2K16 Bahamas vacation with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman. Week 3 was spent fulfilling numerous sponsor obligations and finally, last week, he got back into a practice routine with his swing coach Cameron McCormick. He arrived at TPC Sawgrass earlier this week because weather in Dallas was forecasted to be rainy.
Spieth is not sure how he’ll play this week – at a course he considers one of his favorites on Tour – but he feels confident he can jump right back into contention quickly. He played well here two years ago and had a chance to win before Martin Kaymer took home that hardware. Last year, he missed the cut.
No matter how Spieth plays, though, his performance at the Masters will have nothing to do with the final outcome.
“I’ll just tell you that I’m not affected by it,” he said. “Again, it was the wrong miss at the wrong time.
“If I hit a good shot (this week) and it catches a gust and goes in the water, it’s not because of the Masters. It’s not something that was in my head.”