Jordan Spieth targets Ryder Cup and looks forward not back after mixed year

• Masters collapse is not affecting my game, says Speith
• World No3 has been working on his ball-striking since the Masters

Jordan Spieth has more cause than most to reflect on the pace with which the 2016 majors have zipped by. Four months have passed since the 23-year-old threw away a seemingly unassailable Masters position but with the Open and US PGA Championships having fallen so close to each other in this Olympic year, the time span feels so much shorter.

Spieth cannot be counted among those who believe his success rate – he has won once since April – would have been altogether different had he triumphed at Augusta. “I don’t think so, no,” he said. “I’ve been working on my ball-striking quite a bit and it’s really paid off. I threw some lasers during US PGA week that I don’t normally throw. I hit a lot of fairways. I felt pretty comfortable over the ball. I was pretty comfortable that I knew what the ball was going to do.

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