Jordan Spieth targets Valspar Championship Victory
Jordan Spieth is aiming to defend his title at the Valspar Championship as he begins the run up to the eagerly anticipated US Masters 2016 event. Spieth has struggled to show his top form in recent weeks but believes a return to a familiar hunting ground could kick start his season later this week.
The 22-year-old has fond memories of the event in Florida as he earned a temporary membership on the PGA three years ago with a seventh placed finish, crashed the top 20 a year later before securing a narrow victory last year after draining a superb birdie putt to edge out Sean O’Hair and Patrick Reed in a playoff.
Spieth won both the US Masters and US Open in style last year but he has found the game a little more difficult in 2016 though he did register a victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions back in January. He has failed to post a top fifteen finish in any of his last three events due to struggles on the green.
“I feel pretty good, although I really need to get my putter going,” Spieth said. “It hasn’t really clicked yet and things haven’t been quite going in, but they will. My wedge play needs to improve, but my driving of the golf ball is better and I feel better than it was last year. My iron striking has also been consistent from last week into this week.
Spieth is hoping to build momentum ahead of the first major tournament of the season, an event which he claims is his favourite. The Texas native recently revealed that the US Masters would be his pick for a tournament victory if he could only win one this year. “It’s heaven on earth to me,” he added. The Masters will be held from April 7-10 at Augusta National Golf Club.