Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Johnson, Watson among top pairings at Masters (3:15)


"It will surely be there and it has been there", he said.

Those two shots, the first time he has played the hole in front of a crowd since previous year, could prove just the tonic for the former world No. 1 as he chases a second Masters title.

The Other was a scary movie made in 1972.

For 81 years, The Masters has been the gold standard of golf tournaments.

In 2016, Spieth made the turn on the final day with a commanding five-shot lead. Then he bogeyed 10 and 11.

Yet this course is also the site of his worst nightmare - when Spieth put two in the water on No. 12 to card a quadruple bogey.

The former World No. 1 used his weekend off in Houston to his advantage with a practice session in Texas on Saturday before arriving at Augusta on Saturday night and playing his first practice round on Sunday.

"Everything has got to be working this week", Johnson said Tuesday.

Having said that, this year already feels a bit different, because - in what has turned into the norm - Tiger Woods will not be not playing in this year's tournament.

"But, you know, they just pointed out a few things, a few pin locations to be wary of, a few putts to try not to leave yourself".

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Without the 7, Spieth would be 1-under-par on No. 12 in competition. Spieth is paired with Martin Kaymer and Matthew Fitzpatrick in a group that precedes former Masters victor Phil Mickelson.

But the unflappable Spieth, who has a win and two runner-up finishes in his three Masters starts, is eager to move on. It doesn't take long, I think we work really well together.

"I got a little out of position in my swing this year, but I've looked at old footage from 2016 when I felt really good over the ball and tried to get back to that. I'm sure what happened a year ago won't enter his mind". "I tapped it in, Arnie-style". It was really the same thing. But once again, I'm going to just do the best job I can with what I've got. "Then I missed that putt on 16 and that took some air out".

World No. 6 Spieth has one win and two runner-up finishes in his three Masters appearances.

I was walking behind Dustin Johnson in 2015 as he led the Masters on Saturday afternoon. I will do all I can to see all the positives and grind it out like we did in 2015.

It's an interesting tag for the World Number 9 but one that has been caused by a limited playing schedule coming into The Masters.

"This week I just feel a lot lighter, I feel refreshed, kind of in a way that all the hard stuff is behind us".

Luck said his first round on Thursday would be the "experience of a lifetime" and he could only hope he holds his nerve enough to make the most of it.

"That's his way of communicating confidence in me right after I'm supposed to go on a podium and do an interview after I missed a cut", Spieth said.

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