It seems only fitting that the first tournament of the new year belongs to the player who dominated the prior year. Here is how things ended up at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where Jordan Spieth cruised to an eight-shot victory and punched his ticket for a return trip to Maui in 2017:
Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth (-30), Patrick Reed (-22), Brooks Koepka (-21), Brandt Snedeker (-21), Rickie Fowler (-20)
What it means: While Reed briefly trimmed Spieth's advantage to three shots midway through the final round, this was little more than a coronation for the world No. 1. Spieth began the day with a five-shot lead and only increased that cushion thanks to a round that included seven birdies. It marks his seventh career PGA Tour win, his sixth in the last 10 months and Spieth becomes just the second player in Tour history to reach the 30-under plateau in a 72-hole event.
Round of the day: Jason Day set a course record with a final-round 62 a year ago, and the Aussie again closed with a flourish. Day played his first 11 holes in 7 under, ultimately carding an 8-under 65 that gave him a share of 10th place - a mere 14 shots behind Spieth.
Best of the rest: Spieth rolled in a lengthy birdie putt on his second hole and never looked back. His lone blemish came on No. 8, but he rebounded with a birdie on the following hole and finished with birdies on three of his final four to card a final-round 67 and finish just one shot off of Ernie Els' tournament record.
Biggest disappointment: Earlier this week Kevin Kisner appeared poised to become Spieth's most significant foe, but the American fell back after consecutive rounds of 71 over the weekend. Kisner's final effort was a tumultuous one, as he bogeyed three of his first four holes and didn't make a par until No. 8. By then, he was 2 over on the day and well off the pace.
Shot of the day: Leave it to Bubba Watson to turn a par-4 tee shot into a makeable stroke. Watson's drive on the 357-yard 10th bounced onto the green and nearly went in for an ace before rolling 15 feet past and setting up an easy two-putt birdie.
Quote of the day: "We’re very excited about where we’re at and the start to our career as a team, and what Tiger has done, I can’t imagine ever being done again. But it’s nice to be in that company." - Spieth, who joined Woods as the only modern player with seven Tour titles before turning 23.