Spieth playing Augusta during holiday break


NASSAU, Bahamas – End the year with a bang? That would be nice. Jordan Spieth, however, is just ready for the conclusion. Period.

“Really ending the calendar year is what I’m focused on. I’m ready for some rest,” he said Thursday after a 5-under 67 at the Hero World Challenge.

“I would like to continue rounds like today the rest of the week or even improve on it, and a win would be a fantastic exclamation point, but that’s what I said about the Tour Championship and this is just fine.”

Spieth’s next start will be the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the first week of January in Kapalua, Hawaii. That gives him a month to relax and reflect on a campaign that saw him win two majors, five Tour events, the FedEx Cup title and reach world No. 1.

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“There will be a lot of rest, because I’m going to end up going to Hawaii early and start practicing there,” he said. “We’re supposed to have a cold, wet winter (in Dallas). I imagine I’ll probably take a couple weeks off again.”

It won’t be all heels up and eggnog. Spieth said he still wants to fine-tune his wedge play for next year and there will be a trip to Augusta, where he won the Masters in April.

He said he’s taking his father, Shawn, and agent, Jay Danzi, “to start.” He’s then playing with Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of his sponsor, AT&T, and “one of his buddies.”

Will he be wearing the green jacket?

“Certainly at dinner,” he said.