Spieth breathes 'sigh of relief' as year finally over


NASSAU, Bahamas – Jordan Spieth walked up the 18th hole Sunday at Albany Golf Course and breathed a sigh of relief. A historic and exhausting season was about to be over. Two putts later and it was.

Spieth closed in 5-under 67 in the final round to finish fourth in his title defense at the Hero World Challenge. He was tied for the lead through 36 holes, shot 9 under on the weekend – with one bogey – and lost by five shots.

“No disappointment in that,” Spieth said. “Hats off to a great champion in Bubba. I’m certainly pleased with how we finished the year.”

Spieth talked at the beginning of the event about how he was looking forward to a brief break before starting back up at Kapalua in January. He’ll play Augusta National this coming weekend with his father, agent and the AT&T CEO. He’ll also get some relaxation time with family in Dallas.

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It’s been an unimaginable year for Spieth. He won the Masters, U.S. Open and three other PGA Tour events. He won the FedEx Cup title, became world No. 1 and pocketed well over $22 million.

As his campaign was coming to a close, he and his caddie, Michael Greller, had “a nice little talk.”

“Michael said, ‘Hey, man, it’s been an honor to be in the passenger seat sitting shotgun for this ride this year. Thanks for everything,’” Spieth said. “I obviously thanked him. It’s been a team effort this year just as we always stress.”