Spieth says Fowler is the hottest name in golf

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World number one golfer Jordan Spieth believes he needs to work on his short game for this week’s Singapore Open following his fifth-placed finish in Abu Dhabi last week

Spieth says Fowler is the hottest name in golf

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SINGAPORE (JANUARY 26, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GOLF WORLD NUMBER ONE, JORDAN SPIETH, SAYING:

“I’d argue Rickie Fowler is the hottest name in golf right now, he is the previous week’s winner, he beat all of us, so he is the best player right now.”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GOLF WORLD NUMBER ONE, JORDAN SPIETH, SAYING:

“For me, I was beat by four guys last week, I need to get better, that’s kind of my drive with it, I’m not satisfied if I don’t have my best stuff week to week even though that’s not going to happen, it still leaves me kind of wanting more. So I come into this week trying to really improve my short game from last week as well as maintain the ball striking.”

STORY: Jordan Spieth may be sitting proudly at the top of the world rankings but the American believes his short game needs plenty of work before he can regain the mantle of the hottest player in golf.

The Texan spoke to reporters at Sentosa Golf Club on Tuesday (January 26) ahead of this week’s Singapore Open.

The 22-year-old double major winner finished tied for fifth at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi Championship on Sunday (January 24) after some erratic play on the greens left him five shots adrift of compatriot and champion Rickie Fowler.

The victory in a strong field also featuring four-times major winner Rory McIlroy and world number six Henrik Stenson left Spieth, already a winner in Hawaii this year, with someone to target.

“I’d argue Rickie Fowler is the hottest name in golf right now, he is the previous week’s winner, he beat all of us, so he is the best player right now,” Spieth said.

Spieth is the overwhelming favourite to triumph in the $1 million Asian Tour opener, also co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour, with world number 26 An Byeong-hun of South Korea and Welshman Jamie Donaldson the only others in the field ranked in the top 50.

But he believes he needs to make improvements on his game to better last weekend’s performance.

“For me, I was beat by four guys last week, I need to get better, that’s kind of my drive with it, I’m not satisfied if I don’t have my best stuff week to week even though that’s not going to happen, it still leaves me kind of wanting more. So I come into this week trying to really improve my short game from last week as well as maintain the ball striking,” he added.

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