Spieth hoping return to Austin can jump start his season


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth calls Austin his favorite city. It’s hard to imagine playing golf at the Dell Technologies Match Play coincides with that favorite city claim.

However, this week, Spieth isn’t planning to enjoy much of the city and he hopes that will lead to better results.

“I’m less in Austin this week and more at a golf tournament. I’m here to selfishly do what I want to do. I’ll make trips to Austin in the Fall for fun,” Spieth said.

He’s staying outside of downtown Austin for the second straight year in an attempt to change his fortune at ACC and— to avoid the traffic.

Spieth hasn’t made it past the Round of 16 in three match play appearances at Austin Country Club. He was eliminated on the final day of group play last year, losing a ‘winner-take-all’ match against Patrick Reed.

Right now, Spieth is simply looking for success on any golf course. The Dallas native is enduring the worst slump of his career, finishing no better than 35th in any tournament this season. The three-time major winner is capable and he says his game is about to turn for the better.

“I feel good about my game…I feel it’s progressing nicely,” Spieth said.

Spieth hasn’t won a tournament since earning his third major victory at the British Open in 2017. He’ll open his week against Billy Horschel, No. 38 in the world, Wednesday at 11:43 a.m., and he certainly considers himself the underdog.

“I’ve felt under the radar over the last year,” Spieth said.

After his week in Austin, Spieth will also play next week in San Antonio at the Valero Texas open before heading to Augusta for the Masters.

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