Spieth targets Masters momentum

Jordan Spieth admits he is using the Singapore Open as preparation for defending his Masters title later this year.

World no1 Spieth is in the midst of a hectic schedule and has suggested he is starting to feel the strain of so much travelling.

However, the American insists this week’s tournament is an important part of the build up to Augusta.

“For now, it’s about to trying to build the strength up, kind of maintain everything that we’ve started at the beginning of the season,” Spieth said.

“Once we get to those couple of weeks before, I’ll start changing the plan physically and hopefully, have a nice momentum going into the Masters.

“I will be running in, I think with the Masters as my third event in a row, which is normal for me there. That’s what it was last year.

“I feel like I can hopefully put myself in contention in at least one of the prior two weeks, in either Austin or Houston, two places that I’m very familiar with, and build some confidence.”

Having competed in China, Australia, Hawaii and Abu Dhabi over recent weeks, Spieth admitted he was feeling “beat up”.

The 22-year-old was somewhat erratic in Abu Dhabi, but is adamant he already feels like he has recuperated.

“All it takes is a couple of days of rest and I’m back,” Spieth added. “There was certainly fatigue at the end of Sunday.

“I was very pleased with the form last week, I just didn’t make anything. I was actually pretty pleased to turn in a top-five finish with what I felt was a disappointing week with my short game.

“I normally can rely on my putter when everything else goes off, and I had a lot of chances from that mid-range distance that I normally feel very confident from where I just misread them or the speed was just off.

“I’ve looked over the yardage book already and it looks like a tricky golf course. I’m going to need to get as much information as I can.”