PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | It’s been a month now since Jordan Spieth did not win The Masters.
He has dealt with his disappointment, had a Bahamas vacation with his buddies, done some corporate work and, in the past week, ended his longest break from golf in more than a year to get back to work on his game in preparation for the Players Championship.
Spieth says he’s moved on from what happened on the back nine at Augusta National in his last competitive round.
Not that everyone else has.
“I think people have moved on, at least I thought so until I came in here today,” Spieth said during his pretournament visit to the media room at the Players, where most of the questions were about how he’s coping with not winning a second consecutive green jacket.
“I don’t think I have anything to prove,” he said. “I think I’ve already proven what we’re capable of doing when the pressure is on.
“We’ve succeeded and been able to succeed in close matches, close finishes and we’ve succeeded to stretch leads out and win by four to eight shots against some of the best fields in the world so I don’t think there’s anything that’ll come up where I feel like I need to get revenge.”
Spieth made a point to praise Danny Willett, who won The Masters, even if putting the green jacket on the new champion stung. Willett played brilliantly on Sunday, something Spieth couldn’t say of himself.
He talked during the week at Augusta about fighting his swing and missing shots to the right. Spieth worked around it effectively until the back nine when he missed three consecutive tee shots to the right starting at No. 10, setting up the mistakes that cost him.
“It really bugs me when people are trying to take that maybe away from him or shoot it down and the questions that have been asked of him: ‘Do you think this will go down as you winning or (Spieth) losing?’ And that’s absolute bull because he won and he earned it,” Spieth said.
After The Masters, Spieth said he didn’t get his clubs out of the travel bag for a week. Then he headed off to the well-publicized getaway with Rickie Fowler, Smylie Kaufman and Justin Thomas in the Bahamas before gradually working his way back into work mode. Spieth said he had scheduled the break regardless of what happened in The Masters.
“At that time, I needed those four weeks,” Spieth said. “We had a crazy schedule going back to the Presidents Cup. A lot of time zones, a lot of golf …
“After a month off, it felt like a bit of an offseason, so it’s almost like a new year starting this week.”