14 Apr 2015

Masters champion Spieth back for Aust Open

9:28 am on 14 April 2015

Newly-crowned Masters champion Jordan Spieth says he intends to defend his Australian Open golf crown in Sydney later this year.

American golfer Jordan Spieth

American golfer Jordan Spieth Photo: PHOTOSPORT

After tying the Masters' scoring record and winning by four shots, 21-year-old Spieth credited his stunning Australian Open win in November as a major catalyst towards his Augusta National triumph, teaching him how to win.

At the Australian Open in Sydney, Spieth left world No.1 Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott in awe of his final-round eight-under-63 - when very few broke 70 - as he romped to a six-shot win.

The American says he fully plans on making the trip back to Australia, to be played again at The Australian Golf Club, in late November.

He says the win did a lot for his career and pre-Masters rated Sydney as his most important.

He says in a period where he had some struggles towards the top of the leaderboard, the experience he gained from Sydney, brought a level of patience to his game.

"It was a special week for me and obviously did a lot for my career. Without it, I may not be here right now.

"It was trial and error for a couple of times and we had not found the solution as a team but we found the solution in Australia against a world-class field including the world No.1 [McIlroy] and No.2 [Scott] at the time."

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