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Stocks rise for Spieth's Australian coach

TEXAS-based Australian coach Cameron McCormick was a vital cog in Jordan Spieth's domination of the Masters.

JORDAN Spieth's Masters domination has sent his Australian coach Cameron McCormick's stock soaring.

McCormick was already getting interest from other big name US tour players before 21-year-old Spieth triumphed at Augusta National.

There will be a lot more after the youngster won the Masters by four shots, moving up to No.2 in the world, and then gave his coach the most glowing endorsement.

But Texas-based McCormick made it clear on Monday any extra clients won't come at the detriment of his special relationship with the game's new superstar, who he has coached from age 12.

"Just as players have goals of winning multiple events, I also have goals to help players aspire to higher levels of performance and that goes beyond Jordan Spieth," said McCormick, who has described himself as a golf nerd and workaholic.

"I'd certainly be willing to entertain calls from other players.

"I have a crop of youngsters ranging in age from 23 down to 12 and 13 that have aspirations of playing great and I have done some consultation with Web.com and PGA [Tour] players as well so there are a lot of forks in the fire.

"But first and foremost I have to prioritise that commitment and trust that Jordan has given me over the last 10 years."


Little-known in Australia, Melbourne-raised McCormick moved to to US on a golf scholarship at Texas Tech University as a teenager, later branching into coaching.

Spieth had huge praise for McCormick's ability after his Masters win.

"I have complete trust in anything he says. He's my swing coach, putting coach, short game coach, mental coach, everything," Spieth said.

"I owe everything on the course to him. He's a very special teacher.

"You're going to see him with a lot of tour players in the future."

McCormick and Spieth always focussed on experiential learning, with lots of work on-course and competitive side games mixed in with range sessions.

It helped hone the killer instinct Spieth has perfected in the last six months.

While plenty of pundits were waiting for a Greg Norman or Rory McIlroy Sunday meltdown by the 21-year-old at Augusta, McCormick was confident Spieth was not about to let the green jacket slip a second year running.

"From when I met the kid when he was 12 he's given me every indication he could achieve any goal he set out to achieve and one of the first he verbalised was winning the Masters so yes, we expected it, expected it to come soon, perhaps not this soon, but sooner rather than later," McCormick said.

"It is just great to see a boy that had a vision go ahead and achieve that and I've got a smile that extends from beyond my right ear to beyond my left ear quite honestly."


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