Augusta - Former US Open champion Curtis Strange thinks Jordan Spieth
will "learn" from last year's mistakes when he takes to the course at
Augusta National next week.
The American looked set to become a back-to-back Masters
winner last year when he held a five-shot lead over the rest of the field, but
with only nine shots to play he managed to gift the trophy to Danny Willett.
Now, with this year's tournament on the horizon, Strange is
backing the world number 6 to bounce back from that disappointment with a good
showing in Georgia.
Talking to ESPN, Strange said: "I think he's such a
cerebral player, he's such a solid player, and even if he gets up with a
one-shot lead next Sunday, and the pin is in the same position, he'll learn
from what he did last year and he'll hit the proper shot.
"And when do we ever learn? On mistakes we made. When
we screw up. So I think that there's nothing wrong with remembering when you
screwed up the year before or a couple of years before, because you learn from
"You say, I'm not going to do that again. If you have
to pitch it from the same position again, whatever it is, you learn from it and
you don't do it again. The first time is their fault, the second time is my
"And I think it's okay. It's not a negative, it's
actually a learning experience. Let's not forget, he won a couple weeks after
last year, too, so it's not like he went in the dark room and stayed for three