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Spieth targets Players improvement

Jordan Spieth is looking to be more patient and aggressive as he looks to win his first Players Championship title this week.

The 24-year-old has endured a disappointing run in the PGA Tour’s flagship event at TPC Sawgrass in Florida with three successive missed cuts since 2014 when he finished tied for fourth.

Spieth was tied for the lead going into Sunday’s final round on that occasion before slipping away with a 74 and it seems he has never recovered.

And, despite the fact he has gone on to pick up three major titles – in the 2015 Masters and US Open, before claiming last year’s Open Championship – the American has struggled to find a winning formula at the Players.

As a result, Spieth feels he needs to adopt a similar approach which he takes into major events if he is finally going to end his wait for the title.

He admitted to being “a little forceful” at the Players Championship and added: “A good example would be like on No. 1 out here, pin is front left. If you’re not in the fairway you can’t get anywhere near the hole. I’ll miss it in the left rough and try and land it on that tier right next to the hole.

“I’ll either short side myself in that bunker ? and just kind of situations like that where, say the patience side I seemed to display at Augusta is, OK, I’m out of position, what’s the plan to make my par and move on.

“Out here I just, the last couple years, I just haven’t had that patience. I haven’t approached it like I approach the major-championship calibre golf.”

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