Jordan Spieth only won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions title by 8 shots, when many (including me) thought the winning margin would be more. He joins Ernie Els as the only players in PGA Tour history to finish a 72-hole event at -30 under or lower.
Jordan carded a final Hyundai Tournament of Champions round of -6 under par 67 for his winning total of -30 under par. It was just business as usual;
“I felt like it was short three-week break and continue what we were doing last year.”
“That’s the way I’ll keep on thinking about it. It worked this week. All parts were firing.”
Defending Champion Patrick Reed finished in second place, at -22 under par, those eight shots off the pace set by the leader. His final round -4 under par 69 never threatening the dominant Jordan Spieth. He knew it going to be a tough ask;
” I knew I had to go out early and make birdies early, and try to put some pressure on him.”
“All of a sudden I made two birdies early, and I got to within three.”
“Next time I looked at the leaderboard it was back to five.”
“He’s going to go out and make birdies, he’s not going to go out and shoot over par, especially the way he’s playing right now.”
Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka shared third position at -21 under for the tournament. Brandt carded a last round -6 under par 67, while Brooks could not match yesterdays ten under effort, scoring just -2 under par 71.
Rickie Fowler was alone in fourth place, with a -20 under par total, a -6 under 67 for his last round effort, was not too bad, but not good enough.
Of note was the wonderful tournament of Padraig Harrington, he also fired -6 under 67 final round. The oldest man of the final two rounds finishing T6 at -17 under par, with Peter Malnati and Fabian Gomez.