what did you miss: spieth optimistic despite poor recent form

06:31    11 Apr 2019

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth is optimistic of his chances heading into the first major of the year in Augusta.

The 2015 Masters Tournament champion has flown somewhat under the radar this year, but despite having yet to reach the heights in 2019 that are expected of him, the 25-year-old remains confident of a good showing this week.

"My expectations are high," Spieth said, as per Reuters. "I feel great about the state of my game right now.

“I feel like my recent results aren't a tell of where my game is actually at, and I feel I've made a lot of strides in the last couple of days in the tee-to-green game.

"Really just off the tee, my long game has been the only separation from being able to win golf tournaments over the last month or so."

He continued: "I feel really good about my game, where it's at, heading into this week.

"It's just a matter of trust in the stuff that I'm working on... I don't feel like there's any added pressure this week.

"I feel kind of under the radar, which is really nice. That changes day-to-day out here though."

Spieth currently occupies 33rd spot in the latest world rankings, having fallen 23 places since the end of last year.

Virginia head coach ‘humbled’ after NCAA triumph

Virginia Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett has said he is “humbled” after his team won a dramatic game 85-77 over the Texas Tech Raiders at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Tuesday morning.

The victory, which came in overtime, saw Virginia claim their first NCAA Division I Men’s basketball national championship.

It was a big moment of redemption for the Cavaliers after losing in the first round last year, despite being the top-ranked team. Some had called that stunning defeat the greatest NCAA upset of all time.

For Tony Bennett, UVA's comeback this year sends a big message about perseverance and humility.

"I think there was a bigger plan going on here, and I wasn't needed, but I was used in it,” said Bennett.

“I hope that it's a message for some people out there that there can be hope and joy and resiliency.

"I'm thankful for what happened. That's why I did what I did at the end.

"When that horn went off, I just put my head down and said, 'Thank You. I'm humbled, Lord, because I don't deserve to be in this spot, but You chose me to be here, and I'll give thanks.'

“And I told our guys in the locker room, I said, 'Put your arms around each other, take a look at every guy in here, look at each other. Promise me you will remain humble and thankful for this. Don't let this change you.'”

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