RBC Heritage

Jordan Spieth out to shake off Masters disappointment

Texan says blowing early lead on final day at Augusta National has left him 'hungry'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 10:42pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 10:42pm
AFP

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Jordan Spieth will try to shake off the disappointment of his Sunday fade in the Masters at the US PGA Tour's Heritage.

The 20-year-old Texan had a two-stroke lead with 11 holes to play at Augusta National on Sunday, but finished with a level-par 72 that left him tied for second with Jonas Blixt behind Bubba Watson in the year's first major.

"It definitely left me stinging," Spieth said. "And it definitely left me hungry and ready to play golf again."

It definitely left me stinging. And it definitely left me hungry and ready to play golf again.
Jordan Spieth

Spieth said he never considered withdrawing from this week's tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links - where he finished ninth last year as a newcomer to the course - despite the emotional drain of his near-miss at Augusta.

Six-time major champion Nick Faldo is also in the field, marking the 30th anniversary of his Heritage win in 1984 - his first US tour title.

Faldo, who notched his last victory in 1997 and now serves as a television commentator, has modest expectations for the week.

"You've just got to go out and play and see what happens," he said. "If it's a bad day, it's a bad day. Maybe I can shoot more than a couple of good holes."

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell is the defending champion. McDowell arrived at Harbour Town having missed the cut at the Masters last year, and this year is no different.

"Last year's win was great, but it means nothing now," the former US Open champion said. "Now we have to treat it like another event, prepare how we always do, execute our game plan and hope things go well."