Jordan Spieth enters Masters week as one of the favourites to slip on the Green Jacket after ending a stretch of 1,351 days without a win at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday.
Spieth’s much discussed barren run - stretching back to the 2017 Open Championship - came to a fitting end in his home state following an impressive run of form that included four top ten finishes in his last six events, as he joined Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas in winning 12 PGA TOUR titles before turning 28 years old.
Four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace matched his best PGA TOUR result with a third-place finish in San Antonio, as Spieth closed with a six under par 66 to hold off Charley Hoffman for a two-shot victory and turn his attention to a second Masters title and fourth Major overall.
As he arrived at Augusta National, the 2015 champion said: “When you're coming in form, it's a good feeling when you arrive here, and I've had that a few times. I love being here. I love being on the grounds. It's my favourite tournament in the world. I've expressed that many times in here.
“Sunday was a great day (in Texas). That was a lot of fun being in contention, having the putts kind of go in. As I've mentioned over the last six weeks or so, you put yourself in that position enough times, the bounces will go your way.
“That's kind of the motto I've always lived by, just try to be in form as often as you can and consistent as you can, and you end up holding the trophy at the end every once in a while. And it was a while since the last time it happened. We got in late and didn't really have the normal celebrations in order that you would have after a win, certainly with this around the corner, so it's about trying to certainly soak it in but get refocused for the year's first Major.
“I also like to step back and think, yeah, I'm 27, and a lot of people's careers get started at 27 in this sport. Phil (Mickelson) was, what, 31, when he won his first Major and had a Major championship career after he won his first. So, there's a lot of ways to look at it. I think for me it's not forcing into the here and now and more just taking the patient route and taking the momentum route and just try and do something a little bit better this week than you did the week before.”