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Spieth eyes return to form at BMW Championship after ‘two bad weeks’

AFP, LAKE FOREST, Illinois

Jordan Spieth of the US hits a tee shot during a practice round at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Tuesday.

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Jordan Spieth of the US is relishing the prospect of locking horns with golf’s young guns once more at the BMW Championship this week as he prepares to bounce back from the disappointment of consecutive missed cuts.

The 22-year-old US Masters and US Open champion on Tuesday said he is nonplussed by his failure to progress to the third round in his two most recent forays and believes his game is in good order.

“Everything feels normal. Everything is on point. My game is in a solid state right now,” Spieth told reporters.

“It is in a state where I can certainly shoot into double digits under par, and I believe that. It is just a matter of getting it rolling, getting into a groove, starting to see some putts go in and getting an under-par round started so that I can settle in a little easier,” Spieth added, denying that he had suffered a letdown after his stunning performances in majors this season.

“You guys asked me the same thing after the Masters: ‘How do you avoid a letdown?’ You guys asked me the same thing after the US Open: ‘How are you going to avoid a letdown?’” he said.

“There was not a letdown this year. I just had two bad weeks. Just leave it at that,” he added.

Spieth said he was relieved that this week’s tournament would guarantee him a spot in the final round — there is no cut at the BMW Championship, the third leg of the PGA Tour’s four-tournament playoff series.

“I am happy to be checking into my hotel, and when they ask what day I am checking out, I can say: ‘I am checking out on Sunday.’ It is nice,” Spieth said.

Spieth is to tee off at Conway Farms Golf Club today in a threesome that underscores the exciting, youthful new era of men’s golf, playing alongside Australia’s Jason Day, who leads the playoff points standings, and Rickie Fowler of the US, fresh from a win at the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month.

“Those guys are good buddies. I am friends with both of them. We are going to have a good time,” Spieth said, adding that the tender years of golf’s top crop of players could only be good for the sport.

“To have four of the top five in the world at 27 years of age or younger is really cool,” he said.

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