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Jordan Spieth excited for Masters, worried about Champions Dinner


Despite not having his game exactly where he would want it to be heading into a major, Jordan Spieth insists he’s looking forward to defending last year’s victory at Augusta National when the Masters begins next week.

“I’m extremely excited it,” Spieth said Wednesday at the Houston Open, via Eye on Golf. “The Masters is within 10 days away. Just saying that makes you just want to go out and do pushups or something. Just like it makes you really, really excited.”

The Champions Dinner, on the other hand, is another issue entirely.

“[The Champions Dinner] would be the most nerve-racking thing right now, which is a pretty good thing if that’s the most nerve-racking next week,” Spieth admitted. “I’m really looking forward to that Tuesday night. The Champions Dinner will be a great honor.”

Tradition dictates that the previous year’s Masters winner is tasked with hosting the annual Champions Dinner, a star-studded and exclusive gala that occurs early in the week before the tournament starts on Thursday. The defending champion is in charge of selecting the menu, something that becomes a significant source of fanfare every year.

Spieth’s choice of cuisine for next week’s dinner? Texas barbecue, not surprisingly.

“So they asked, ‘What do you want to have for your meal?’ and I said, ‘I’d love to do some Texas barbecue,'” Spieth said of his discussion with Augusta National, via theĀ Augusta Chronicle. “So they kind of go out and search for a way to make it based on popular places. I’m not sure what it’s exactly going to be. It’s going to be Texas barbecue. I’m pretty excited for it.”

Spieth admits to being a bit nervous about selecting the alcohol to be served at the dinner. He is only 22, after all.

Regarding his play on the course, on the other hand, Spieth feels like competing in the Houston Open will allow him to round his game into shape after a so-so showing last week at the WGC-Dell Match Play event.

“The focus right now is on this week because there’s a lot I need to do this week to better prepare for the Masters and feel that I have the confidence to win,” Spieth said.” Or at least kind of take it to another level. I felt like I played great golf last week. I felt like I played better than ninth-place golf. It’s just match play so I just want to get off to a good start this week.”