Colonial win buried Masters nightmare for Spieth

Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:55pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth has a spring in his step ahead of his title defense at this week's U.S. Open, saying that he banished memories of his Masters meltdown by winning the Colonial tournament last month.

Spieth was also defending champion at the Masters in April when the prized Green Jacket appeared to be firmly in his grasp as he stormed five strokes clear with just nine holes to play at Augusta National.

Though he stunningly threw away the title as he bogeyed 10 and 11 before a shocking quadruple-bogey at the par-three 12th, he rebounded just three PGA Tour starts later when he claimed the Colonial by three strokes.

"If you're coming off a recent win, getting back into contention is a more natural state," Spieth told reporters at Oakmont on Monday about the impact of his Colonial win on this week's major championship.

"If you're coming off kind of a heartbreaking loss, getting back into contention can be fearful, and you've just got to push through the fear. When I say the fear, the potential for bad memories to pop up, right?

"And I feel like we got through that. Although our last major we were in contention was the Masters, I think I'll be able to draw on a lot of pretty special major experiences if I can't bring it off the Colonial experience itself."

Spieth, who has won two of the last five majors played, said he had felt the pressure of contending at the Colonial following his Masters disappointment, which made his birdie-birdie-birdie finish there to win even sweeter.

"It was definitely difficult at Colonial," said the world number two. "I really felt it there and that was a huge week, especially to win before any of the next majors ... to actually win a tournament.   Continued...

Jun 13, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Jordan Spieth addresses the media in a press conference during the practice rounds on Monday of the 2016 U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont CC. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports