• Masters champion hails impact of the Juniors Cup on his game
• "More of an amazing experience off the course than on"
Masters champion Jordan Spieth said the experience of playing in Europe at such a young age in the Evian Championship Juniors Cup in 2007 helped him develop as a golfer and take his game to the next level.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for the 21-year-old after his record-equalling low score in his maiden major success at Augusta, with various trips to TV stations in New York to speak about becoming the second youngest ever player to win the Masters.
Fellow golfers, broadcasters and fans alike have lauded the young American’s maturity and grounded nature and prior to the 2014 edition of the Evian Championship Juniors Cup in September, which runs in conjunction with the fifth women’s major, Spieth spoke about how travelling over to Europe at 14-years-old was a hugely rewarding experience.
"To have that opportunity at such a young age was something that really helped to bring our game to the next level" - Jordan Spieth
“It was incredible at that time because we were 13 or 14-years-old and to have that opportunity to play against some of the best 13-14-year-olds across the world was something that you don’t get in America,” Jordan Spieth said.
“To have that opportunity at such a young age was something that really helped to bring our game to the next level. To realise that there were players all across the world that are working as hard or harder than we are and, in order to beat them, we’re going to have to out work them.”
“To spend time with the juniors that you find are so similar to us but come from such different places was incredible. I mean it was more of an amazing experience off the course even than on course and that’s saying something.”
Jordan Spieth also spoke about taking a lot from how the women prepared for a major tournament, something he took forward into his own game, and spoke about the beauty of the Evian Resort Golf Club, right on the French border with Switzerland.
“You got to see how they prepare, how hard they work, what they’re working on and when it’s one of their biggest events we’re able to take a lot out of that. I learned a lot from that experience as to how I prepared for bigger events back home.
“Getting to follow them around that golf course with the elevation changes and just how scenic it was, it’s still to this day the most beautiful place I’ve ever been in the world, I’m not messing with you, it really is and I’d love to go back at some point in time to see it again.”
You can watch the full interview with Spieth below.
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