• Understands challenges raised media profile will bring
• The 21-year-old competing in RBC Heritage starting today
Jordan Spieth has reflected on the ‘awesome’ experience of sharing his Masters story with the US media and said it was great to see first-hand the effect the tournament has on a global stage.
The 21-year-old is back in PGA Tour action today at the RBC Heritage following a whirlwind tour of New York with his green jacket, only arriving at Hilton Head at 10pm on Tuesday night, less than two days before his 12.40pm (local time) tee-off time this afternoon.
He said: “After that came the media in New York. We had I think it was like 25 or 26 different stops in 25 hours which was a little crazy, especially after three weeks in a row of kind of being draining already.
"It was cool to experience that different side and to see the impact the Masters has internationally" - Jordan Spieth
“But we had a great time with it, it was really cool. It was cool to experience that different side and to see the impact the Masters has internationally and not only in the golfing community. And it shows how interest in golf is growing. I got to experience that first-hand and it was awesome.”
The manner of Jordan Spieth’s record-breaking victory and the age at which he achieved his first green jacket means the American’s life is likely to never be the same again, with increased media interest wherever the world No.2 plays.
But Spieth understands the pitfalls of his raised profile and says he is prepared for the challenges it will bring.
“I think it gives me more of a responsibility off course than on course. There’s obviously more of a spotlight now and there’s going to be things said with no real background or reason to say stuff,” Jordan Spieth said.
“I understand there are positives and negatives to a spotlight and we’re going to try and take advantage of the positives and push aside the negatives. I think the only added pressure is going to be staying focussed off course on how we want our brand to move forward.
“It was a little crazy in New York having paparazzi know where we were going to eat dinner, even though we never told anybody. So that part was different and gave me a little insight into what it could be like here and there. But I don’t see why or how or a reason that it should change me.”
And heading into the RBC Heritage, Jordan Spieth is determined to be in contention, despite not preparing in the best possible way, with Rory McIlroy’s spot as world No.1 his next target.
"I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t feel like I could win this week"
“I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t feel like I could win this week and there’s still the goal of there being a guy to chase. Rory is No.1 in the world and I wouldn’t come to a tournament just to come to a tournament, especially with that goal still in mind.
“So that’s on my mind. I’m obviously not as prepared as I’d like to be as far as getting on the golf course, and I won’t have played one hole before Thursday.”
Jordan Spieth tees off at 12.40pm local time (5.40pm UK time) alongside last year's RBC Heritage champion Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed.
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