Spieth ready to conquer despite return of Tiger

Sports | 4 Jan 2018

Jordan Spieth's victory in last year's British Open has boosted his self-belief, convinced him to ignore any critical naysayers and gives him the confidence to become "the man" in golf in 2018, even if Tiger Woods is planning a golf comeback.

The 24-year-old Spieth, who clinched his third major title at Royal Birkdale, recognizes that he is now under a relentless spotlight, but the three-shot win over fellow American Matt Kuchar has helped release that pressure. "The Open Championship just did wonders for me, not only my view of myself but being the man in the arena," Spieth said in Hawaii ahead of today's first round of the Tournament of Champions.

The world No 2 will face stiff competition in 2018 from young players like compatriot Justin Thomas.

"Obviously the major question, what's it going to be like with Tiger coming back," he added in reference to 14-time major winner Woods, who hopes to play a full schedule after a long layoff. "It's a pretty special time to be a part of professional golf."

REUTERS

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