Reigning US Masters golf champion Jordan Spieth is aiming to atone for his late slip in the Northern Trust Open last year by going all the way in the latest PGA Tour Event at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles this weekend.
The two-time major winner needed a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff in the 2015 Northern Trust Open due to an incredibly tight finish which saw around 10 pros separated by just two shots at the top of the leaderboard. However, Spieth missed his putt and James Hahn went on to win in a three-way playoff after defeating Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson.
Fast forward twelve months and Spieth is determined to go one better in a world class field featuring former British Open golf champion Rory McIlroy, two-time US Masters winner Bubba Watson and former US Open victor Justin Rose. Spieth believes the lessons learnt from missing out will help to spur him on as he targets an eight PGA Tour win of his career.
The Riviera Country Club typically offers one of the toughest tests and Spieth believes par would be a “really good score”. He added: Unfortunately, it’s rare, but fortunately, it happens here. So it would mean a lot to win this tournament.” The 22-year-old has already triumphed this year after capturing the Tournament of Champions last month and his hot streak has seen him claim six titles during the past year.
“The entire confidence in my game when pressure comes on, I can now really relate and look back to a lot of key moments,” Spieth said. “Where I’ve hit shots in the past when the pressure has been on, where I felt I did what I wanted to do. That in its own is kind of priceless experience that I can then get up and do it again.”