News & ToursApril 16, 2014

Jordan Spieth recovered from his Masters loss by playing Ping-Pong

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- After the final round of the 2014 Masters, Jordan Spieth's mind kept drifting: to thoughts of losing the Masters; of one day winning it; to Sunday's tee shot on the 12th hole -- the only shot, he said, he would like to have taken a mulligan on.

"I let the 20-year-old inside of me just barely slip out," he said. "I held it in so long of playing safe, and I hate having a 9-iron and not being able to go at the pin."

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When Spieth got home after the round he was, by every measure, exhausted. Here's what he said about unwinding on Sunday night:

"I just wanted to hang out with (my friends and family) and just kind of soak in the week. Although I did that in between rounds, as well, I wasn't able to kind of really have the full experience of just seeing everybody. I tried to stay away from talking golf and stay away from the tournament.

"We went back and had some dinner back at [my manager's] house, and just played some Ping-Pong, pool, hung out for the night. After the media and everything, when we got away from the golf course it was pretty late. We just slept it. . .it meant a lot to me to have close family and family friends there."

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