Spieth will start year No. 1 regardless of Hero outcome


NASSAU, Bahamas – According to the Official World Golf Ranking math, Jordan Spieth will begin 2016 ranked No. 1 after overtaking the top spot with his victory at the Tour Championship.

“It's a nice kind of thing to have going for you into the next season,” he said on Wednesday at the Hero World Challenge. “I feel like we've earned it this year. Not that Jason [Day] or Rory [McIlroy] haven't, but going into next year, it would be a nice goal to try and maintain it as long as we can.”

Spieth finished runner-up last week at the Australian Open to pad his lead in the ranking, and combined with Day’s decision not to play this week so he can be at home following the birth of his second child, means the top spot will likely remain unchanged through the New Year.

“Jason obviously could have come in and done his part in trying to take that away, but there's more important matters,” said Spieth, who leads No. 2 Day by .31 average ranking points.