Spieth plays nine holes, easing into worldwide stretch


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – World No. 1 Jordan Spieth got back to work on Tuesday as he prepared for this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with a nine-hole practice round.

Spieth, who won his last start at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by eight strokes, arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday night and said he planned to conserve energy as he prepared to play three tournaments in four weeks on three different continents.

The 22-year-old plans to play the Singapore Open next week followed by the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am the second week of February.

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Spieth played with American amateur Bryson DeChambeau and Brandon Stone, a South African who played with Spieth while the two were at the University of Texas.

This is Spieth’s first trip to the Middle East to play the European Tour’s desert swing and he was impressed with the conditions at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

“These are in the top 5 best greens we play,” he said.

Spieth, who will be paired with Rory McIlroy and Rickie Folwer for Rounds 1 and 2 in Abu Dhabi, is scheduled to speak to media on Wednesday.