The Masters: Jordan Spieth Ends Four-Year Winless Run Ahead Of Augusta

The 'humbled' American triumphed at the Texas Open this week
12:00, 06 Apr 2021

It’s hard to believe Jordan Spieth’s Masters triumph was six years ago. Now 27, it’s perhaps harder to comprehend that, before winning the Texas Open on Sunday, the American had not tasted victory in four years and had even fallen out of the top 100 in that time. 

It was in 2015 that Spieth wowed in Augusta to take the famous green jacket and clinched the US Open in the same year. In 2017, he claimed victory too at Royal Birkdale to pick up the Claret Jug but then, nothing. 

It must surely have been a trying time but, if Spieth is now returning to form after winning in Texas following three top five finishes in 2021, it’s coming at the right time. However, still a young player, he knows there is room for improvement and seems to be heading into this year’s Masters refreshed and focused. 

"It's pretty awesome when I look back and think there's a next level I've been at that I'm still searching for right now," Spieth told BBC Sport. "It's about refocusing here and taking the next step." 

JORDAN SPIETH WON THE MASTERS IN 2015
JORDAN SPIETH WON THE MASTERS IN 2015

Speaking of a decline which saw him slip down the world rankings, he revealed on Monday, "I was humbled to an extent. I never felt like I ever got ahead of myself. I never felt like I was out there overly confident. But I think you get humbled a little bit. 

"I just got further off than normally professionals get, and so it has been a climb back." 

For Spieth, despite his meteoric rise at 21, he feels now he is older, this could be the real start of his career. He has experienced massive success but still talks modestly, always learning and striving to get better.  

"I like to step back and think I'm 27 and a lot of people's careers get started at 27 in this sport. Phil [Mickelson] was 31 or something [33] when he won his first major. 

"I like the progress that I'm making. I don't feel like I have the control of all facets of the game that I want to have yet, but I feel like I'm working in the right direction. Will that make a difference this week? I don't know. But I'm going to try to be just a little better than I was last week." 

As Spieth begins his ascent back to the top of the game he knows what it takes to be a Masters champion and fellow pro Eddie Pepperell is backing him all the way.  

The third-joint favourite, Spieth is 11/1 with Betfred to win in Augusta and Pepperell clearly fancies his chances. Taking to Twitter on Monday, he boldly insisted he will play the Jamega Tour, a developmental professional tour in the UK, topless if Spieth isn’t victorious come Sunday. 

Over to you, Jordan. 

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