ALBANY, Bahamas — Hard to believe that 11 months ago Jordan Spieth had won just one professional tournament.
Back then, even he had doubts about closing out tournaments. He had rabbit ears, too, for he heard the chatter about his shortcomings coming down the stretch on Sundays. There was his two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in the 2014 Masters, but he couldn’t hold off Bubba Watson. There was another lead in the final 18 holes in The Players Championship that he couldn’t hold as Martin Kaymer grabbed the hardware.
“Sure, yeah, it was in my head a bit,” Spieth said Wednesday ahead of his title defense beginning Thursday in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club. “I had four or five leads going into weekends in 2014 and each time you don’t come through, you wonder what’s wrong, is it me, is it my game?
“And then you hear the noise of he’s a good player but he can’t close and this and that. Whether you try and reach out to hear it or not, it still comes in and that’s a tough thing to get over.”
Then Spieth, ranked No. 14 in the…