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Masters champ Spieth steps up with Under Armour line

Defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth is heading into Augusta with more confidence than ever. At an event in Austin, Texas, the 2015 green jacket winner spoke to CNBC about the upcoming Masters, his new Under Armour shoe and the current state of game.

The 22-year old professional golfer said that winning last year's Masters has been a game changer.

"As much as it's just a label, it's a different feeling, too," said Spieth. "Now that we have a Masters under our belt, on a course that I'm comfortable with, I think it's an advantage."

Jordan Spieth of the United States hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on March 31, 2016 in Humble, Texas.
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Jordan Spieth of the United States hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on March 31, 2016 in Humble, Texas.

The No. 2-ranked golfer in the world enters the field as one of the favorites. However, Spieth said he's gotten "a little lazy" recently and has had to refocus. Spieth has been inconsistent so far in 2016, even missing the cut at the Northern Trust Open in February.

"The gap has been closing," said Spieth. "The other guys have been playing some great golf. I need to step things up."

The Dallas native doesn't just have golf on his mind. Spieth, who signed a lucrative endorsement deal with Under Armour in 2013, has just launched his first golf footwear collection for the brand.


The collection is composed of three different styles: the UA Drive One, UA Tempo Tour and the UA Tempo hybrid. Each style is designed to outfit Spieth and other golfer's every need — from golf course to lifestyle.

Spieth said he had more input on this collection than he's ever had.

He came to Under Armour with a couple of shoes he liked and asked for a hybrid of them. From there, they worked on everything from flexibility to comfort.

Golfer Jordan Spieth wearing Under Armour footwear.
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Golfer Jordan Spieth wearing Under Armour footwear.

"You want to be able to just be out there in shoes and socks, free flowing, no restrictions — and I don't have any," he said.

When it comes to the state of the golf, Spieth takes his role seriously. "I think I'm in a position to have an impact on the game's youngest generation," he said.

"We're trying to do our best to help bring these kids to golf because we love it and we think they will, too, if they just give it a shot."