Spieth confident, not complacent entering Abu Dhabi


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Earlier this month following his eight-stroke victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Jordan Spieth said his play in Maui was his third-best putting performance – behind the 2015 Masters and Tour Championship – in recent years.

As concerning as that might be for his competition that the world No. 1 would start the season in such good form on the greens, that kind of performance can lead to complacency.

Just don’t expect that kind of lapse from Spieth.

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“Coming off of a fantastic putting week, that can mean two things,” Spieth said on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. “One, you could say, well, it's good, you can go focus somewhere else. Or, you could say, this is where I wanted to be, let me go ahead and get as many repetitions as I can so that it is the norm.”

In fact, Spieth said a few days working with his swing coach Cameron McCormick last week has given him renewed confidence with other parts of his game.

“I actually feel better about the way I'm striking my irons coming into this week than I did going into Hawaii,” Spieth said.