KAPALUA, Hawaii – For starters, Jordan Spieth doesn’t consider this season an encore to his epic 2015 campaign. He views it as a continuation of a year that was better than his wildest expectations.
“Doesn’t an encore mean that the show is over,” Spieth asked on Tuesday at Kapalua. “I hope I’ve got like 40 years out here.”
“I’m not thinking of this as anything different. This is just – we’re just continuing – the month changed, the year changed. When you write the date, that’s about it in my mind.”
After each of the past couple seasons, Spieth has taken breaks of five and six weeks respectively to recharge and get ready for the next year. This year he only took three weeks off and arrived in Maui much earlier than he needed to.
But still, this is a new season and Spieth knows that people are anxious to see how he follows up a campaign that produced two majors and five victories. He’s anxious too.
During the brief layoff Spieth sat down with his coach Cameron McCormick and both agreed that Spieth’s wedge play needs to improve, specifically his proximity to the hole and up-and-down percentage from between 60 and 140 yards.
“We just nailed down specifics on what I need to work on each week… and we kind of picked a plan that I’m going to go through each week,” he said.
Whether it’s the beginning of a new season or the continuation of an old one, Spieth is at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions looking to finish one spot higher than he did in 2014 when he finished in second place - a shot behind Zach Johnson.
Spieth acknowledged that he was more than a little miffed sitting at home last year watching his buddies playing in a tournament on a beautiful course that he didn’t qualify for.
“This is one that we strive to make each year, and if I am eligible to play in this tournament and I’m not, I hope every single one of you (in the media) calls me and bashes me for it,” he said.