No matter whether he wins or finishes 30th, Jordan Spieth says it will be nice having this year's Masters go by.
Two weeks before the Masters begins, Jordan Spieth is looking forward to it being over.
Spieth was on the verge last year of becoming only the fourth player to win back-to-back at Augusta National when he took a five-shot lead to the back nine.
He dropped six shots over the next three holes, including two balls in Rae's Creek on the 12th for a quadruple bogey and wound up three shots behind Danny Willet.
As this year's tournament looms, Spieth has been fielding more questions about that collapse on the back nine.
"No matter what happens ... whether I can grab the jacket or I miss the cut or I finish 30th, it will be nice having the Masters go by," Spieth said on Monday night during the draw for the World Golf Championship-Match Play event in Austin, Texas.
"The Masters lives on for a year. It brings a non-golf audience into golf and it will be nice once this year's finished from my point of view, to be brutally honest."
Spieth has never finished worse than second in three Masters appearances. He was runner-up to Bubba Watson in 2014 after a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play and he won the green jacket in 2015 by tying the 72-hole scoring record held by Tiger Woods.
"This one will hurt," he said after last year's Masters.
Spieth won the Colonial a month later and he's already won this year with a dominating performance at Pebble Beach. Odds makers list him as the favourite, slightly ahead of world No.1 Dustin Johnson.
"It would be best if I could reclaim the jacket," Spieth said.
"But I believe that I'll be back up there sooner or later, just the way that we play the golf course, the success we've had and the comfort level I have there.
"Whether it happens this year or not, it will just be nice because that tournament, it's a 365-day thing. There's no other Masters."
Spieth said the Masters did not affect him while he was on the golf course and that he answered those questions with victories at Colonial, the Australian Open and Pebble Beach.
"But as far as just having all the questions done, I'm pretty sure they will be," he said.
Rory McIlroy isn't so sure. He had a four-shot lead going into the final round in 2011 at the Masters and shot 80. He bounced back to win the US Open two months later and he since has added three more majors.
"It's not as if it's going to be the last year he gets questions about it," McIlroy said.
"That might be the way he's approaching it but if he doesn't banish those demons or win this year, the questions will always still be there."
McIlroy said there is one big difference between him and Spieth at the Masters: "He can console himself by opening up his wardrobe and seeing (a green jacket) hanging there".