Spieth 'motivated' to pay back Day at Tour Championship

Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:07pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth said he was "destroyed" by Jason Day's red-hot scoring in recent weeks and was aiming at some payback on the East Lake layout that hosts this week's Tour Championship.

Spieth is intent on reviving a spectacular season in which he followed his record-tying, 18-under-par Masters win in April with victory at the U.S. Open. He then tied for fourth at the British Open and was runner-up to Day at the PGA Championship.

But the last two months have been ruled by Day and Spieth had a front row seat.

"Five of my last seven rounds were (played) with Jason and some of the biggest rounds of the year," Spieth told reporters on Wednesday. "He destroyed my score in those rounds, for lack of a better term.

"It is very motivating.

"It makes me want to get back to the level I was playing at this whole year, to get on top of my game and see if the top of my game can beat the top of anybody else's game when they're at their best."

Spieth, who mastered Augusta National last April for his first major golf title, also said that East Lake puts him in a similar frame of mind.

The 22-year-old American, who has had an up-close view of Day's domination, wants some payback and believes he can return to top form in the event starting on Thursday that closes out the FedExCup playoffs.   Continued...

Sep 19, 2015; Lake Forest, IL, USA; PGA golfer Jordan Spieth hits out of a sand trap on the 2nd hole during the third round at Conway Farms Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports