“We can have tickets and we have family and friends coming in, and everyone is as excited as every two years, if not more, because they might even see more golf in this stretch of Amen Corner. Spieth told reporters, referring to the 11th, 12th and 13th holes of the iconic course.
“So I think the customers play such a big part in this tournament, the echoes, the roars in the valley, and especially on the weekends, it won’t take a lot of people to make it feel close enough to normal for to be a fantastic event. “
After ending his winless run in Texas, Spieth now has a chance to win his second Green Jacket after finishing tied for 46th place at last year’s Masters – his lowest ranking at the event.
He admitted to going through “tough times” between his last two victories – a stretch that lasted 1,351 days and 83 tournament starts.
“It was kind of normal, but I think it was fairer that I wanted that monkey on my back, because it was just a moment out of the winner’s circle,” Spieth said of his two-man win. shots at the Valero Texas Open.
“You’ve got a 54-hole lead and everyone thinks you’re supposed to win right away, when you haven’t had a 54-hole lead in a long time.
“It was just more like, okay everyone’s chilling out. It was pretty awesome when I look back and think there’s a next level that I’ve been and that I’m still looking for. at the moment.”
Other favorites this year include defending champion Dustin Johnson, who will host the Champions Dinner on Tuesday, and 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.
Previous big winners Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed all finished in the top 10 at last year’s Masters and hope to add to their major results this week.
Should Johnson win back-to-back Masters titles, he would become the fourth player to do so and the first since Tiger Woods in 2002.
CNN’s Dan Moriarty contributed reporting.