KAPALUA, Hawaii – Jordan Spieth didn’t lead the Hyundai Tournament of Champions wire-to-wire, he was a shot behind Patrick Reed after the first round. The next three days, however, belonged to the world No. 1.
Even though Spieth made the week look easy, he insists it wasn’t.
“You just kind of wonder where that rusty shot is going to come out,” Spieth said Sunday after shooting 30-under-par 262 to win by eight shots. “I can hit those long irons right, I’m capable of hitting a long iron to the right when it’s not wanted.”
Spieth admitted afterward that he was miffed after making par on the par-5 fifth hole during the final round. He was only one under par on the round and had parred Nos. 3-5 when his closest pursuers played those holes much better.
Then came a perfectly-timed shuttle ride from the fifth green to the sixth tee box.
“I was slapping myself with my glove,” Spieth said. “I just felt like I had thrown two-and-a-half shots away on 3, 4 and 5 with where I was positioned.”
Spieth promptly birdied the sixth hole to remedy his situation then cruised to victory.
“I didn’t think I would shoot 30 under,” he said. “That part surprised me.
“I thought it would be somewhere around 20 under, 21 under, which is what it’s been in the past. I didn’t think I would get that low, especially the first week of the year.”