Spieth happy with his game

16 May 2018 04:25:34 EST

Jordan Spieth likes the way his game is shaping up ahead of this week's AT & T Byron Nelson in Texas.

This year the course moves to a new venue, Trinity Forest in Dallas. Spieth is a member there and told reporters on Tuesday that he's played about "30 to 40" rounds at the course.

"I feel as good about my game right now as I have this entire year and even a lot of last year," said the American. "I feel like good things are coming. I've stayed the course and had a lot of patience recently. Everything is starting to fall in place.

"Everyone goes through peaks and valleys with different parts of their game. I got a little off in set-up in alignment with short game shots and putting and really starting to progress nicely, starting to see my lines better. Whether putts have gone in or not I've had better strokes."

Trinity Forest has been billed as "a PGA Tour venue like no other" and it will certainly provide something different this week. The 7,380-yard par 71 has no trees, no rough and no water and there are obvious comparisons to UK links courses.

Spieth believes his knowledge of the course definitely gives him a head start and says there are echoes of Royal Birkdale where he won last year's Open Championship.

"I feel like I have an advantage," he added. "Also, it reminds me of Birkdale, kind of a links-style course you have to play from the air on a lot of it with big slopey greens. Feels great and looks great. I like the vibe of the course while I'm out there."

Spieth is 9/2 to win the AT & T Byron Nelson, with Sergio Garcia 14/1, Matt Kuchar 14/1, Hideki Matsuyama 20/1 and Billy Horschel 25/1.

It's 12/1 that Spieth is the 1st Round leader.

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