Spieth happy with Masters prep

Jordan Spieth believes he is in a better place than last year as he prepares for the Masters in April.

The 21-year-old, currently the favourite with Paddy Power to win this week’s Valero Texas Open, was inspirational in his Augusta debut last year, grabbing the lead in the final round and going toe-to-toe with Bubba Watson before the left-hander surged ahead on the back nine to earn his second Masters title.

The Texan is coming off a great win at the Valspar Championship, defeating Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair with a birdie on the third extra hole.

Spieth will compete in this week’s Texas Open and the following week’s Houston Open, the final event before the Masters.

“I feel better going in this time around than I did last year,” the two-time PGA Tour winner told sportal.com.

“Last year at this point I’d actually had a really good season. This year I feel a little better having closed that tournament out. I also missed the cut in Houston last year, so I went in with some questions, I guess, right off of an early finish. Hopefully this year I can play eight tournament rounds prior to arriving on the grounds. 

“My swing feels better, putting stroke is getting there.  I putted well the last two weeks. But that’s just going to be a whole another thing once you get on those slick greens. So all in all, very confident about where I’m at going in.”

The world number six added that he enjoys playing in events close to home – which is in Dallas – as he gets to spend some quality time with family and friends.

“I enjoy being able to drive my own car to these tournaments. I get to see a lot of friends and family who I don’t get to see a lot of the year. And then, at the same time, get ready for the Masters on a challenging track.

“As a native Texan, I always like playing the Texas events. This event, in particular, gave me an exemption when I was in college…so it’s a tournament that has helped launch my career and one that is close to my heart.”

Check out the odds with Paddy Power to back Spieth in Texas or in any of the year’s majors.