Austin, Texas — Two weeks before the Masters begins, Jordan Spieth is looking forward to it being over.
Spieth was on the verge of becoming only the fourth player to win back-to-back at Augusta National when he took a five-shot lead to the back nine. He dropped six shots over the next three holes, including two balls in Rae’s Creek on the 12th hole for a quadruple bogey, and wound up three shots behind Danny Willet.
As the Masters looms, Spieth has been fielding more questions about that collapse on the back nine.
“No matter what happens at this year’s Masters, whether I can grab the jacket or I miss the cut or I finish 30th, it will be nice having the Masters go by,” Spieth said on Monday night during the draw for the Dell Technologies Match Play.
“The Masters lives on for a year. It brings a non-golf audience into golf. And it will be nice once this year’s finished from my point of view, to be brutally honest with you.”
Spieth has never finished worse than second in the Masters in his three appearances. He was runner-up to Bubba Watson in 2014 after having a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in 2014, and then he won the green jacket in 2015 by tying the 72-hole scoring record held by Tiger Woods.
He had said after last year’s Masters, “This one will hurt.”
Spieth said the Masters did not affect him while he was on the golf course, and that he answered those questions with victories at Colonial, the Australian Open and Pebble Beach.
Johnson in Major Match Group
Austin, Texas — Dustin Johnson is facing a trio of major champions in his group at the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Johnson is the No. 1 seed for the first time in Match Play, which starts on Wednesday at Austin Country Club. The three players assigned to his round-robin group are PGA champion Jimmy Walker, two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.
Defending champion Jason Day, the No. 3 seed, has Bay Hill winner Marc Leishman in his group. They are only two Australians in the 64-man field. Rory McIlroy has Emiliano Grillo, Gary Woodland and Soren Kjeldsen, while fourth-seeded Hideki Matsuyama has drawn Louis Oosthuizen, the runner-up last year.
Also in Matsuyama’s group are Ross Fisher and Jim Furyk.