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Spieth remembers win and near-misses at Colonial heading into Fort Worth Invitational

Jordan Spieth discusses PGA season at Fort Worth Invitational

Jordan Spieth discusses his PGA season thus far at the Fort Worth Invitational.
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Jordan Spieth discusses his PGA season thus far at the Fort Worth Invitational.

Colonial Country Club is a "special" place to Jordan Spieth.

It's where the third-ranked golfer in the world "learned to love the game" as a child.

It's also where he put together a monster final round to pick up what he called a career-turning PGA Tour win back in 2016. He also finished second at the event in 2015 and 2017.

Heading into the Fort Worth Invitational on Thursday, Spieth is the top-ranked player in the field and the oddsmakers' favorite to be atop the leader board by the end of Sunday.

So, which does he remember more? That dynamic victory or those two close-but-no-cigar defeats?

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"I think of all three," Spieth said on Wednesday. "(The) last three years I've put myself in position to win a tournament on Sunday. That's all you can really ask for.

But it's going to go your way sometimes and (sometimes) it's not. I kind of look at it as all positive from the three."

Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, and Rickie Fowler, who are ranked fourth, fifth and sixth in the current world golf rankings, respectively, will also join Spieth in a competitive field. In total, 18 of the top 50 players in the world will be playing in this event.

Spieth is in a strong group, playing with reigning champion Kevin Kisner and 2009 winner Steve Stricker. That threesome will tee off No. 10 at 8:06 a.m. on Thursday, and No. 1 at 1:06 p.m. on Friday.

Spieth admitted that it's been a bit of a frustrating year. Despite finishing third at the Master's, he has yet to bring home a victory in 2018. He also currently occupies 31st place in the FedEx Cup standings.

That frustration might have been best exemplified just a few days ago at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. The course isn't two years old and hosted a PGA event for the first time last week to mixed reviews.

Spieth is a Dallas native and considers Trinity Forest his home course. But despite finishing the tournament 11-under par, he still came in tied for 21st place.

"...I think Trinity will yield similar results than Colonial has for me in the future," he said. "Just this year, (I) couldn't quite get the ball in the hole, but that happens."

The tournament also offered Spieth a chance to reflect on how his career has evolved since that memorable Memorial Day weekend win in 2017.

"...(I've) just had a lot of experiences that a lot of guys have over the course of 25 years within three years," he said. "Ups and downs and everything in between.

The majority of it (has been) very positive, but also learning to live in the spotlight and what that entails and what to block out, what to embrace. It's still a learning experience."

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