Texas: Masters champion and local favourite Jordan Spieth is preparing for a "crazy" time in front of massive crowds when he competes in this week`s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Dallas native is the first Texan to win one of golf`s four coveted majors since Justin Leonard triumphed at the 1997 British Open and he will be a huge drawcard at Colonial, and also at next week`s Byron Nelson Championship in his hometown.
"To come back home with the green jacket and be introduced like that is really special. It`s where it really starts to hit me kind of what it means," the world number two told reporters while preparing for Thursday`s opening round at Colonial.
"Next week will be nuts being in Dallas. This week`s going to be crazy as well. The more support that I can have, the easier it`ll be to feed off the crowd."
Spieth, who landed his first major title with a stunning wire-to-wire victory by four shots at the Masters last month, is a big fan of the tree-lined, par-70 layout at Colonial.
"Colonial is a place that`s special to me," said the 21-year-old American, who tied for seventh at the event in 2013 and shared 14th place last year. "I`ve played it a couple of years, had success here. I`m very comfortable on the golf course."
Spieth, who surprisingly missed the cut at the Players Championship earlier this month, has always made the `Texas Swing` a priority.
"I obviously put expectations on myself this year for these events, as I do every year," he said. "I focus as if they`re major championships, and that`s how I approach them.
"There`s nothing better than playing well in front of your hometown family and friends, so I`m going to try and do a little bit better this year than I have in the past couple of years."
Spieth, who will play alongside fellow Americans Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker for the first two rounds at Colonial Country club, headlines a strong field that includes nine of the world`s top 20.
Also competing are 12th-ranked Jimmy Walker, fellow Texas resident Patrick Reed (15th) and former world number one Adam Scott of Australia, who clinched last year`s Crowne Plaza Invitational in a playoff with Jason Dufner.