Spieth gunning for more glory at Hilton Head


Newly-crowned Masters champion Jordan Speith doesn’t expect to suffer from an Augusta hangover as he returns to work today at the RBC Heritage Classic at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

All eyes have been on the 21-year-old Texan since he spectacularly tied Tiger Woods’ Masters record of 18-under 270 to capture the green jacket on Sunday.

But he’s taken all the attention in his stride and reckons he’s ready to carry on where he left off at Augusta. Only time and the next few days will tell whether he’s right…

Spieth doesn’t believe his first major success will change him, revealing  he upheld his commitment to the RBC Heritage in part to chase down Rory McIlroy for the world No. 1 spot.

“I wouldn’t come to a tournament just to come to a tournament, especially with that goal still in mind,” said Spieth who moved to No. 2 in the world rankings with the Masters’ win.

He has had two victories and two runner-up finishes in his past four events.

Spieth has enjoyed success in this event in recent times, finishing ninth in 2013 and 12th last year.

Most Masters champions  take the next week off after a pressure-packed Augusta National week – Zach Johnson in 2007 was the last Masters victor to play the following week and heads a group of five ranked in the world top 20  – No. 10 Jim Furyk, No. 14 Patrick Reed, No. 17 Matt Kuchar and No. 19 Billy Horschel.

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