Fatigued Spieth finishes T-5: 'Kind of beat up mentally'


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Jordan Spieth closed with his second-consecutive 68 on Sunday but came up short in his bid to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, eventually finishing in a tie for fifth.

The world No. 1 said his slow start (68-73) cost him a chance to challenge Rickie Fowler, who won the event at 16 under par, and suggested that fatigue might have had something to do with that.

“We are kind of beat up mentally. Physically, we're not 100 percent right now. It shows in certain places, and this week, the first day I was here, I was striping it and since then, I was just a little weak,” said Spieth, who birdied four of his final seven holes at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

There will be no time for rest anytime soon for Spieth, who planned to fly to Asia for next week’s Singapore Open Sunday night, and he said he will likely reassess his schedule to avoid similar situations in the future.

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“[After next week’s stop in Singapore] I'll get back to the [PGA] Tour schedule and reevaluate how next season will finish up into the New Year,” he said.

Spieth has played events in six different countries the last four months, including the Presidents Cup (South Korea) in October; WGC-HSBC Champions (China) and Australian Open in November; Hero World Challenge (Bahamas) in December; and the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Hawaii) and Abu Dhabi in January.