Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spieth: I'm over Masters Heartbreak; WINNING WIMBLEDON 'A PROBABILITY' FORMER STARS BACK MURRAY AT SW19

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spieth: I'm over Masters Heartbreak; WINNING WIMBLEDON 'A PROBABILITY' FORMER STARS BACK MURRAY AT SW19

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Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent

JORDAN SPIETH insists he will not carry any scars from his capitulation at the Masters when he begins the defence of his US Open title on Thursday.

The American had led from the opening round at Augusta and, after birdieing four of the front nine of his final round, moved into a five-stroke lead.

But finding the water twice on the par-three 12th effectively ended his hopes of retaining the Green Jacket, which was won by England's Danny Willett.

The world No2 was adamant today the painful events of April would not be on his mind at Oakmont this week. The 22-year-old, who returned to winning ways with victory at Colonial Country Club at the end of last month, said: "I moved on. We went and won, and I think that was really big for us to actually close one out, and so now I can draw back on those last few holes, the pressure that I felt.

"So honestly, I think it's out of our heads now just from that one experience at Colonial. If you're coming off a recent win, getting back into contention is a more natural state. If you're coming off a heartbreaking loss, getting back into contention can be fearful and you've have to push through the fear. And I feel we've done that."

Spieth (right) had a stunning 2015, winning both the Masters and the US Open while also finishing runner-up at the US PGA and fourth at The Open.

Since Augusta, his fortunes have fluctuated. He missed the cut at the Players Championship following a month-long break, was 18th at the Byron Nelson and was 57th at his final warm-up tournament, the Memorial, two weeks ago.

But he arrives at the US Open as third favourite behind Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, and said he was once again approaching his best. He admitted: "A lot of it is just mental. I feel that we've geared everything up to peak at a Major and, because I feel that way, it makes me as confident as I can be. …

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