I could have used that 12 months ago: Spieth masters 12th in Augusta practice

Jordan Spieth made light work of the 12th at Augusta on Tuesday and cannot wait to play his "favourite tournament" once again.

If Jordan Spieth can simply replicate Tuesday's practice-round performance on Augusta's 12th hole, the scene of his shocking collapse in 2016 will not pose any problems.

The 2015 Masters champion saw his hopes of a second successive wire-to-wire victory fall apart in dramatic fashion last year, as he followed final-round bogeys at the 10th and 11th by finding water twice at the short 12th en route to the ugliest of sevens.

Spieth - who ultimately shared second behind Danny Willett having been five strokes clear with nine holes to play - has predictably spent many hours answering questions about the dramatic events that unfolded around 'Amen Corner'.

Yet there was a happy moment for the Texan at the 12th on Tuesday, as his tee shot in a practice round left the simplest of tap-ins.

"I turned to the crowd and said 'I really could have used that one about 12 months ago', to some significant laughter," explained Spieth as he addressed a news conference later in the day.

Having referenced the numerous occasions he has played the 12th well during the Masters, Spieth was asked if he found it therapeutic to talk about what happened on the hole last year, or a "necessary evil".

"Certainly necessary. I certainly understand," he replied. "I think it's therapeutic to an extent if I talk about it, but I don't think on this stage.

"You know, I've been pretty honest and I've answered every question. I feel like I've been right to y'all in that sense and no one's told me otherwise. Like anything, you go through ups and downs in life, go through ups and downs in life and in golf.

"It is one of many tournaments I've lost given a certain performance on a hole or a stretch of holes. It happens in this game."

The 23-year-old has not finished lower than second at Augusta in three previous visits, and led for a remarkable seven successive rounds across 2015 and 2016 before unexpectedly throwing away his commanding position last year.

"It's my favourite tournament; I've made that clear," added Spieth, who will play alongside Martin Kaymer and Matt Fitzpatrick in rounds one and two. "I've been so fortunate to have succeeded here and had great success a few years running. 

"We're going to have some interesting conditions this year [a reference to forecasted strong winds]. It will be a bit different than the last few years. But [I'm] confident that we can get out there and get off to the same kind of start that we have in the past.

"I really thoroughly enjoy this place and this week ... it gets better each year. I seem to have more fun each year when I play this golf course.

"I love being in contention here. I've had the luxury of having that every time I've been here and that's not going to happen over the course of decades. And I recognise that. But don't tell me that during the week because I'll believe that it can happen every time."

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