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Spieth back to work at Heritage

2015-04-16 07:23
Jordan Spieth (Gallo Images)

Hilton Head Island - Jordan Spieth will get back to work on Thursday after his sensational Masters triumph - after all, there's still Rory McIlroy's number one ranking to chase.

"I would like to get myself in contention," the 21-year-old said of his goals for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. "I don't plan on having a hangover tournament, by any means.

"I would not have come here if I did not feel like I could win. And there's still a guy to catch. Rory is number one in the world. That is still in my mind."

Spieth admitted that he wasn't quite as prepared as usual. His major victory at Augusta National was followed by a two-day whirlwind trip to New York, complete with paparazzi.

"We had, I think it was 25 or 26 stops in 24 hours," he said of a hectic media schedule in New York.

"But we had a great time. It was great to see that side of it, and see the impact the Masters has internationally."

He was surprised to find himself being snapped by paparazzi at dinner, even though he and his camp hadn't broadcast their plans.

But the down-to-earth Texan said he didn't think the attention would change him on or off the course.

"I understand there are positives and negatives to a spotlight," he said. "I'm going to try to take advantage of the positives."

Spieth is the first Masters winner to play the Heritage the following week since Zach Johnson in 2007.

He said he didn't consider pulling out, and he expects his energy level by his Thursday afternoon tee time to be a nine - up from two on Tuesday night.

Spieth is joined in the field by defending champion Matt Kuchar and reigning FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel.

They are among 10 of the top-30 players in the world teeing it up this week.

Spieth's 18-under total of 270 at Augusta National matched the tournament record set by Tiger Woods in 1997.

Spieth became only the fifth wire-to-wire winner in Masters history, setting the 36- and 54-hole scoring records on the way and setting a record for birdies at the Masters.

"To me, all that matters is that we had a goal at the beginning of the year which as a team was to prepare every part - my body, my mechanics, my mental side and our on-course efforts -- to peak at Augusta National," said Spieth, already envisioning more majors.

"To put it in perspective, we can win more because it didn't take us long to put the right formula together to win one," he said.

"That's what's really, really cool."

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