Jordan Spieth talks ahead of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM

Jordan Spieth discusses his love for Pebble Beach, his return to form and a rising star.

Jordan Spieth needed a big week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Without a good result there, the man who looked to almost certain to dominate the game for years to come, was on the verge of plummeting out of the world's top 100.

Victory, a first since the summer of 2017, didn't come, but he headed into the final day tied at the top of the leaderboard with his Ryder Cup teammate Xander Schauffele and ended the week tied fourth.

It was a huge boost to his confidence ahead of his return to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a favourite tournament and one he won in 2017.

Ahead of Thursday's first round he talked to the media about his past, present and future.

Spieth on his performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

"It was a nice confidence boost. I love that I trusted what I was working on all four rounds. When you stick to something, and you start working at it, it feels a little better each day.

"You just think the golf gods will reward you and that's what happened on Saturday, the chip-in and some long putts (I made) at the end.

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"It was reward for the work that I've been putting in. Really nice to see a low round like that and to take it deeper and deeper as the day went on. Rounds like that are big confidence boosters because going low no matter where you are on the PGA TOUR is very difficult to do.

"I'm getting into where I'm able to actually play golf instead of think about swings, and that's just really exciting."

Spieth on handling the emotions of being in contention again

"The biggest thing for me was embracing and feeling comfortable with those nerves.

"I knew that if I stuck to the game plan, I had enough … to win the golf tournament. That part was exciting."

Spieth on building on last week's top-five finish at Pebble Beach

"It requires a lot of precision in approach shots with how small the greens are, but there's a lot of trouble down the right side of Pebble Beach, pretty much the entire golf course is you can miss left but you can't miss right.

"The year that I won I know I had a left bias with the ball flight and that was very helpful when I came here."

Spieth on Pebble Beach

"Yeah, it's Pebble Beach. What's not to love as a golfer here? I've loved this tournament. Really, really cool, as a golf lover and someone who enjoys the history and the architecture of golf courses.

"You've got to think your way around the golf course. You can't miss in certain spots. Course knowledge really serves you well.

"I'm excited that the greens are faster than they normally are and I'm sure some pins will be a bit different, given, without the amateurs here, you're not really watching out for that and instead can make them quite a bit more challenging."

Spieth on the last time everything pointed in the right direction

"Getting over scar tissue of certain holes and rounds is something that is a new and different challenge over the last couple years.

"Once you start to see light at the end of the tunnel, get a little bit of confidence, you just kind of want to stick with what you're doing and keep the train rolling and kind of reverse that trend.

"I just would take the club back and feel lost. Getting back to my DNA has been a process that has taken a lot of hours and still will.

"It took a little longer than I would have liked, but I feel like I'm on the right path. It doesn't mean that I'm going to have massive success immediately. I saw a little bit of success last week, but for me it's about the feels more than it is the results. That's what I'm trying to tap into."

Spieth on Will Zalatoris

"He's always been a phenomenal striker of the golf ball.

"It's been nothing surprising, watching him week-in and week-out at home, (his) game was clearly good enough to carry on to any level of golf. So excited to see him doing so well and I think this is just the start for him.

"He was always a very confident and, in a good way, kind of cocky. You need some of that."