Spieth sees Mexico as Masters prep

01 March 2018 04:50:52 EST

Jordan Spieth has two aims in mind this week at the Mexico Championship: a first World Golf Championship victory and further groundwork ahead of next month's Masters.

Although the 24-year-old is a three-time Major winner he is yet to taste success in the WGC, despite 11 top-20 finishes in 15 starts.

It's just going to be about controlling the ball and hitting a lot of fairways off the tee.

Jordan Spieth

Twelve months ago he carded a superb third round 63 on his way to T12th at Chapultepec Golf Club and he's excited about his return.

"I love the golf course and I love the event in general," he said ahead of the first round, before explaining why he took some time committing to the field.

"I just didn't really know what was going to be best for me to prepare for the Masters," he explained. "Ultimately this tournament was one that I thought would be a potential fantastic event for that.

"You have to work the ball both ways off the tee with four or five different clubs in a round. So it's unique, we don't see it very often.

"I'm not sure it's a golf course I can be aggressive on it. You have to plot your way. Each shot you need a game plan and you have to stick to it. Are you going to play more aggressive or are you going to play more conservative? Commit to what you're doing."

It is now 12 events since Spieth last tasted victory, in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale last July, but he insists his game is in good shape.

"The last two days have gone really well with striking the ball," he said. "I've been on a very nice trend in my short game and putting. It's just going to be about controlling the ball and hitting a lot of fairways off the tee."

Spieth is 2500/1 to win the tournament outright and 7/5 to win his first round three-ball against Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose.

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