KAPALUA, Hawaii – For a world-class golfer at the age of 20, it seems like every week presents new and unique challenges. Such was the case for Jordan Spieth once again during Monday’s final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Spieth entered the day with a share of the lead – the first time he’d held a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour – and played in the final group for the first time in a final round.
Though he lost by a stroke to Zach Johnson, he maintained he was pleased with a 4-under 69 that gave him sole possession of second place.
“I didn't sleep a whole lot differently,” he said afterward. “Got out, went through the same exact routine, hit the ball the same on the range, putted the same. Nothing was really different this week. I didn't have an unbelievable warm‑up or a bad warm‑up. So just kind of everything was normal.
“I felt really comfortable, and there were a couple shots I needed to work on for next week, but ultimately it's a cool experience. I'll learn from the mistakes. But honestly, I was very happy with how patient I was. Mentally I felt like it was one of the best rounds I've ever played – to be in that position, a new position, and to really not make any mental mistakes.”