Jordan Spieth gets some early homework done at Augusta National

Jordan Spieth, the Masters champion, has spoken of the difference in visiting Augusta National as the holder of the Green Jacket.

Spieth, who will feature in this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship, spent the early part of this week at Augusta, his second trip since cantering to the title last April. Spieth also believes his 2015 tally of 18 under par will not be easily matched in five weeks’ time, as the tournament organisers take a grip of the course’s set-up.

“When I’m there, it all comes back to me,” Spieth said. “It’s really special. Guys are calling you ‘Champ’, you have a different locker room. The members are coming up and introducing and saying: ‘We’re really happy that you won, come back and do it again.’ It’s a special place for me and I’m really happy to be going back there as long as I’m capable of playing golf.

“There’s nothing different about the golf course. It looks very similar. It’s even in better shape this far before the event than it has been the last couple years. The greens were very, very quick and very healthy, so I’ve got a feeling that they are not going to want 18-under to win again. I’ve got a feeling it might be playing a little more challenging this year.”

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