The Masters: Jordan Spieth offers advice on how to beat Dustin Johnson

"So, that side of things, getting number one isn't the pressure that I feel, but that's the only way to really take big strides towards him because I don't think he's letting up any time soon". He's the guy to beat.

Spieth went to Augusta National over the weekend for practice, including one round with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but still saw enough good in his game at Match Play to believe he's headed in the right direction.

"Historically I've played better golf the second, third and fourth week in a row you kind of get the kinks out in the row playing the week before", Spieth said.

A Spieth smile followed as he was asked about any element of shock attached to Johnson's stunning form. Rather, exit Dustin Johnson.

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'What I would say is certainly I do feel like I belong there, that I belong where I am right now and that I compete to win like before.

Like any golfer who grew up in the Southeast and played in college at Georgia, the Masters has always been the ultimate goal. "I played this course as a junior from when I was 14 - it was a very big course for me then; I couldn't reach a few of the par-4s in two".

"Major championships have huge weight and I'm not focused on trying to win majors to get to No1 any more".

'I'm just trying to learn. "Instead of coming straight from practice, I tend to analyze a little bit too much at times, I guess, what I do, and that might get in the way of things".

On Monday, Johnson withdrew from this week's tournament in Houston, which boasts a high-class field, to prepare for Augusta. Spieth's own preparations were slightly disrupted on Wednesday by the arrival of a Texas storm, which limited his pro-am outing to only nine holes.

This year, it appears Johnson and Spieth are the favorites to slip on a green jacket next week when the Masters concludes.

Points joins nine other past Shell Houston Open winners in the field: Jim Herman (2016), J.B. Holmes (2015), Matt Jones (2014), Hunter Mahan (2012), Mickelson (2011), Johnson Wagner (2008), Scott (2007), Stuart Appleby (2006, 1999) and Robert Allenby (2000). "It has so much history and meaning to me, I'd love to get back".

"The thing that is hard about beating Dustin Johnson is, you get on the tee and by the time you're hitting your second shots, you're already at a disadvantage on the hole". There's a lot of ways to do it.

"Dustin knows which guys have taken him down before and are capable of it and he also knows which guys are probably not going to be able to do it".

"The more you play it, the most you understand it and know where to hit", Johnson said. Spieth knows what it feels like to do it (nearly twice).

The group is highlighted by world No. 5 and reigning British Open champ Henrik Stenson of Sweden, No. 6 Jordan Spieth, No. 7 Adam Scott of Australia and No. 9 Rickie Fowler.

  • Julie Sanders