Spieth (64) leads Tournament of Champions by four


Go figure, Jordan Spieth is leading a golf tournament. Thanks to a 9–under 64 Friday, Spieth will take a four-shot lead into the weekend at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Here’s how the No. 1 player in the world took control at Kapalua:

Leaderboard: Spieth (-16), Kisner (-12), Gomez (-12), Reed, Fowler (-10), Bowditch (-10)

What it means: Spieth is in search of his seventh career PGA Tour title and eighth worldwide victory in the last 14 months, dating back to the 2014 Australian Open. The reigning player of the year is in search of his first win since he walked away from East Lake with both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup in September. A win this week would tie Spieth with Tiger Woods for the second most Tour titles won by a player before his 23rd birthday. Horton Smith had 14.

Round of the day: After four opening pars, Spieth played a five-hole stretch from Nos. 5-9 in 5 under par thanks to three birdies and a chip-in eagle at the par-5 ninth. He followed that with three straight circles on Nos. 13-15 and a closing birdie on 18. Spieth has not made a bogey in 66 consecutive holes on the Plantation Course, dating back to the third round in 2014.

Best of the rest: Kisner turned in a bogey-free 8-under 65, featuring six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 fifth. The RSM Classic champ is back in contention after posting five top-two finishes in 2015.

Biggest disappointment: After an encouraging 6-under start fueled by a swing adjustment on Thursday, Brandt Snedeker lost momentum Friday, making three birdies and two bogeys for a 1-under 72 that has him nine shots off the pace.

Shot of the day: Spieth’s chip-in eagle got him through the front side in 5-under 31.

Storyline heading into the weekend: Spieth has given the golf world little reason to doubt his abilities, but three of the top 20 players in the world - Kisner, Reed and Fowler - are currently in the top five and within six shots.