Jordan Spieth concedes he will always have “demons” at Augusta National, but believes none will be generated by his latest near-miss.
Spieth finished second on his Masters debut in 2014, led from start to finish in 2015 and blew a five-shot lead with six holes to play in the defence of his title the following year.
The 24-year-old also shot 75 when just two off the lead after 54 holes last year and saw his chances of a second green jacket disappear on Sunday with a terrible tee shot on the 18th which led to a closing bogey.
However, that was the only blemish in an otherwise brilliant 64 which saw the three-time major winner threaten to overturn a record nine-shot deficit to eventual champion Patrick Reed.
“In general this round was fantastic,” Spieth said. “I mean nobody’s going to have a great Sunday every year at Augusta National. To be able to have a chance to win this tournament five years in a row is really, really cool. And that’s how I’m going to take today.
“I look back and man, I did everything right. The two days prior, too, and the lid was just on the hole. Guys have chipped in for eagle, balls have stayed out of the water, they’ve hit pins when they’re going off the green… when you win, you get these kind of breaks.
“And it’s happened to me every single time I’ve won. You get a break or two throughout the golf tournament that could be a game changer.”
Reed carded a closing 71 to finish a shot ahead of Rickie Fowler, with Spieth another stroke behind his Ryder Cup partner.
“Everybody really likes battling Patrick because he loves it so much and eats it up,” added Spieth, who will attempt to complete the career grand slam in the US PGA in August.
“My only wish or regret from the week was that I was playing with him at some point on the weekend, to be able to kind of fire back and forth, instead of finishing up so early.
“But he’s a member of the Masters club now, he’ll have a green jacket forever. His name is etched in history and I’m sure he’s going to carry everything that he went through today as we go into Paris and try to win a Ryder Cup on European soil.”
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