Spieth revels in 'really special' win


Jordan Spieth believes he will look back on his victory in the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial as one of the most significant wins in his career.

Seven weeks on from his sensational back-nine collapse at Augusta, which enabled Danny Willett to win the Masters, world number two Spieth collected six back-nine birdies to secure his eighth PGA Tour title on Sunday.

Spieth had missed the cut in the Players Championship on his return to action after the Masters, before faltering in the final round on home soil at last week's Byron Nelson Invitational.

Assessing the value of his success at Fort Worth, the Texan said: "The significance of it happening now [is huge], because I wasn't sure how long it would take to get over the hurdle of having to come in to every single interview room, having to listen to crowds only talk about what happened a month ago.

"It's very difficult and I'm 22. It's not like I hadn't won - we've won two majors. It's very difficult to stay present, stay positive when that's happening, when those are the only questions.

"In our third tournament back, to come back and close this one out the way we did is really, really special.

"Last Sunday was a tough day for me, given it was at home, so to get through and to come out on top here - no matter what happens in the next 30 years of my career - this will be one of the most important days that I've ever had."

Spieth revealed he had been reminded of his Masters heartache during the final round on Sunday, adding: "It's not fun to hear people in the crowd walking down yelling out, 'Remember the Masters!' That's just what you hear. That's going to happen.

"To get over that, to get over that hurdle in our third tournament back says a lot about our character out there, and I think the golf gods are certainly on our side. I caught some breaks today."

Arguably the most notable moments of good fortune for Spieth came on the 17th. After seeing his drive hit a volunteer and bounce back into the first cut of rough, he was given a free drop after hitting a grandstand with his second shot and duly chipped in.

"I was very fortunate that the grandstands were there because I was able to get a drop, and the nearest point there was no closer to the hole happened to be below the hole versus having to go over to the right. So I got a good drop," explained Spieth.

"Seventeen was one of the luckiest holes I've ever had personally. I hit a guy on the side on the tee ball that goes into the first cut, and then I get that drop and then chip in.

"If I'm anyone playing against me, I'd be pretty upset at that."