Spieth caps off 'best golfing year'


WINDERMERE, Fla. – After Jordan Spieth authored the most dominant performance in tournament history, more than a dozen world-class players were left to battle for top honors in the B Flight.

Spieth’s 26-under 262 at Isleworth broke the World Challenge record by four shots. (It was also the first time in his career that he finished a four-round event at 20-plus under par.)

His 10-shot margin of victory was three shots better than the previous best.

And the 21-year-old became not just the youngest winner in event history, but also the first to go wire to wire.

“It was a one-horse race here coming into Sunday,” runner-up Henrik Stenson said. “All the rest of us had to do was battle it out for second, really.”

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Said Steve Stricker: “It’s hard because everybody is gunning for you and they have nothing to lose and the pressure is on you. He kept the foot on the pedal and kept applying the pressure. If you do that, it kind of takes away the momentum of the guys challenging you.”

Spieth led by a touchdown after 54 holes and quickly added to his cushion with birdies on three of the first four holes. He rolled in an eagle on No. 7 and posted a back-nine 35. “The most fun I’ve ever had playing nine holes of golf,” he said.

Though he didn’t reach his goal of 30 under par, this performance was even more impressive than his first tour around Isleworth, in 2011, when as a freshman at Texas he won a college event by eight shots. He added a fifth-place finish the following year before turning pro.

“This caps off the best golfing year that I’ve ever had,” he said.