Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Jordan Only Wins By 8 Shots.

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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.


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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.

Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Super Spieth, Again.

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It’s super Jordan Spieth again in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, the Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii.

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Jordan carded a third round -8 under par 65 to increase his lead at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard to five shots over his nearest rival, with a three round total of -24 under par. It could have been more, his second shot to the par five 18th hit the pin, nearly dropping in for a rare Albatross, he settled for the Eagle.

As good as Jordan’s round was, it was not the best of the day,  Brooks Koepka fired a bogey free -10 under par 63, which moved him into second place at -19 under par, those five shots back.

In interview after his round Jordan reflected on what he needs to do tomorrow, and the round of Brooks;

“Got to keep making birdies tomorrow, keep my game up.”

“Brooks shot ten under today, that’s insane.”

Patrick Reed has third place to himself, a third round -6 under par 67 for a -18 under par total not good enough to keep pace with the leaders. He is still bogey free on the week, but knows he needs birdies as the leaders will not let up, and he will just have to go out there and get them;

“Jordan is definitely not letting up and we’re going to have to go out and get it.”

The Kona wind got up a little today, but you would not have known it by the scores, apart from Jordan and Brooks efforts, Brandt Snedeker had a -8 under par 65, moving up the leaderboard sharing fourth spot with Fabian Gomez.

Jimmy Walker carded -9 under par 64, and just missed a birdie putt on the last, his total of -14 under par puts him at T6, joining  Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner and Steven Bowditch, on that score.

Another round in the low 60’s tomorrow will seal the victory for Jordan, 66, 64 and 65 so far, even another ten under round would not catch him.



Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Super Spieth Surges Ahead.

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Jordan Spieth put on a super show to surge ahead in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Glendower Golf Club in Hawaii.

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World number one Jordan fired a magical bogey free -9 under par 64 at the par 73 Glendower course in the  Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the half way point of the competition, to lead by four shots at -16 under par for 36 holes;

“Did I see 16 under? Probably not to start the season.”

“I go from leading by one to leading by four, and that’s huge.”

Second place is shared between three players at -12  under par, Patrick Reed, Fabian Gomez and Kevin Kisner, they were all bogey free today.

Kevin also shone brightly today, with -8 under 65, while Fabian carded -7 under 66 and Patrick, feeling the heat from Jordan could only manage -4 under 69.

Kevin asked after the round what was Jordan at?

“What’s Jordan at? I saw he was at 15.”

“He’ll probably shoot another 15 under, so I better get going tomorrow, the way he plays.”

“We’ll just make a bunch of birdies and see what happens.”

“First tournament of the year, kind of rusty, haven’t played in a while.”

“Seeing where my game is, I’m looking forward to having a chance on the weekend.”

Danny Lee, from New Zealand holds fifth place on his own at -11 under par, following his second round score of -5 under par 68, which sadly contained three bogey’s.

Rickie Fowler and Steven Bowditch both scored bogey free rounds of -6 under par 67 and were another shot back at -10 under par for the tournament.

Rickie spoke about the easier conditions today;

“It’s a little less windy, so the golf course was a little bit more gettable.”

“I played better today, got the ball closer to the hole, so I had more opportunities at birdie.”


Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Reed Leads.

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Defending Champion Patrick Reed leads after the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course on Maui Island in Hawaii.

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Patrick shot -8 under par 65 in the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to lead the tournament by one shot from his playing partner, World number One Jordan Spieth. A fabulous Eagle from Patrick at the par five 18th edged Jordan into second place.

Patrick spoke about his 2nd shot into the par five final hole;

“I didn’t think I could get it all the way to the green.”

“I thought if I smoked it, I’d get to the front edge and it just happened to ride the wind a little bit and kind of just kept on going.”

“And once it gets on that green, I know it’s going to just keep feeding.”

Jordan showed his class in a first round -7 under par 66, on the par 73 Plantation Course. He wanted last years form to continue, winning  the Masters and U.S. Open and three other titles that led to the FedExCup and a sweep of all the awards. He mentioned the rivalry between the pair of them;

“It’s another event in the course of my career.”

“The calendar changed.”

“Whether we want to feed off each other or we want to beat the crap out of each other, we somehow play well together.”

There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par following their first rounds of 67, Danny Lee, Brandt Snedeker and J.B. Holmes.

Brandt got here early, to check out the greens;

“I know the golf course pretty well and I think getting over here early, the greens always pose a big problem.”

“You get comfortable on greens and be aggressive on putts that you know are fast or slow.”

“You just have to know putts. They’re hard to read. So that’s kind of the reason I came over to do that.”

Making the news for the wrong reasons was Rickie Fowler, sporting a pair of high topped Basketball style trainers, most comments were in the negative. It did not bother Rickie too much, shooting -4 under par 69 to be in a the group of players with Bubba Watson.

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The two old men in field did not do so well, Padraig Harrington, 44, was almost happy with his -3 under 70, but Davis Love 111, 51, certainly struggled to post +2 over 75.

Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Patrick Reed Wins in a Play-Off

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Patrick Reed was four shots behind the leader with four holes to play at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, on the Plantation Course at Maui. He proceeded to make two birdies, and then holed out from 80 yards for an Eagle. He then closed out his unlikely rally by making an 18-foot birdie putt to beat Jimmy Walker in a sudden death playoff.

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Patrick fired a final round -6 under par 67 to post -21 under par for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and then sat back to see if Jimmy Walker would catch or pass him, he could only do the catching after it seemingly appeared he would just walk away with this tournament. That all changed on the 14th hole, which he bogeyed, and then failed to make birdie on the two remaining five fives. In the end he carded a last round -4 under par 69 to equal the total set by Patrick, who then made birdie on the par five 18th, the first sudden death play-off hole, to win the tournament.

Patrick did not think he had too much of a chance of capturing a win here;

“I thought my chances were slim.”

“So I was just thinking to myself, `Let’s try to birdie three of the last four and get ourselves a chance to secure second alone, and give ourselves a chance, just maybe.”

“I just stayed patient, I tried not to get ahead of myself and tried not to make mental errors. Here at the last, I gave myself a chance and I made it.”

“The confidence level is really high and I continue working on my game. Everybody gets on a hot streak, the main thing is to stay consistent and keep moving forward.”

Jimmy admitted he should have wrapped the title up when he had the chance;

“It was there for me to win, it was a bummer I didn’t close the door on it.”

” You feel pressure, you’re trying to win a golf tournament. I hit good shots. I don’t know what else to do.”

Three players tied for third position, Jason Day, Russell Henley and Hideki Matsuyama, all just one shot off the pace at -20 under par for the tournament.

Jason equaled the course record of -11 under par 62, a feat that had been posted earlier in the day by Chris Kirk, he also equaled the course record with his last round -11 under par and finished T14 at -13 under par.

Next stop on the TOUR is the Sony Open in Hawaii, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, just a couple of days away, starting Thursday the 15th January.






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Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Walker and Matsuyama Tied at the Top

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Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama are tied at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard.

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Jimmy  fired his second bogey-free -6 under par 67 of the week to grab a share of the third-round lead at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at -17 under par for the tournament.

Hideki also finished on that -17 under par score at the top of the leaderboard with his third round -7 under par 66.

Jimmy admits to feeling comfortable on the Plantation Course, he has only made one bogey over the opening 54 holesbut still mentioned the differing wind speed and direction on the first hole;

It’s not hard, but it’s just enough to make a huge difference, the difference between the two drives is 120 yards almost.”

“I’m definitely more comfortable here this year than I was last”

“I was hitting it good. That’s all I was caring about was hitting it good, getting looks, because eventually I was going to make something.”

“It’s timing, it’s good play, it’s being prepared, it’s being ready when the door opens to step through. It’s hard to do. I was hoping I’d win again last year after the fact, but it’s so hard to do, and so many things have to go your way.”

“If there was that magic formula, somebody would be rich.”

Hideki is full of confidence, and is looking forward to tomorrow;

“After winning the Memorial, I gained some confidence, and I thought that would translate into playing better, and you know, I really didn’t get another chance to win.”

“So now I’m here, I have a chance, and so I want to be able to use that experience I had at the Memorial and hopefully have a good day tomorrow.”

Patrick Reed and Sang-Moon Bae are tied in third place, two shots back at -15 under par. Patrick carded a -5 under par 68 third round, while Sang-Moon shot -4 under par 69. He is playing calmly but the sound of marching boots must be ringing in his ears as the spat over his national conscription continues.

Patrick likes playing on a Monday;

“It’s Monday tomorrow, and I’m a pretty good Monday qualifier”

“I’m just going to take that same mentality going into it, and hopefully I can get going and go low and at least have something to look at.”

Tied in fifth place are Brendon Todd and Russell Henley, both players have a tournament total of -14 under par, and are still in touch with the leaders going into the final round tomorrow.

Defending Champion Zach Johnson had an even par third round and is now back at -11 under par, and probably too far adrift to catch up. He measured the differing wind speeds on a scale of 1-10;

“On a scale of one to ten, with ten being two years ago (the wind-delayed 2013 tournament), this week has had periods of ones and twos and periods of fours and fives, but nothing more than that. It’s been calm.”


Hyundai Tournament of Champions. 4-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a 4-way tie at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the Plantation course in Kapalua. Defending Champion Zach Johnson, Sang-Moon Bae, Jimmy Walker and first round leader Russell Henley are all at -11 under par for the two rounds completed.

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Zach posted a second round of -6 under par 67 to get to the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard on the Plantation Course at Kapalua. He was joined at that score by Sang-Moon, -4 under par 69, Jimmy carded -5 under par 68 and Russell with his second round score of -3 under par 70.

Zach birdied the 18th, a par five  to get into a share of the lead, somewhat unconventionally, his drive was 294 and the three wood approach coming up short, his third flew past the pin, leaving him a 15 foot birdie attempt, which he made;

“I had a full shot, at the same time, usually you’ve got to play 15 yards from the hole. That’s strange and rare, but that’s the way it is. I don’t feel like it’s any easier.”

“We played a little early today. The ball just didn’t release. You have to pay attention there. As we get more wind the next couple days, I think this place will dry out.”

Russell spoke about the competitive nature of the tournament, and how good it would be to start the year with a win;

“I think it’s so competitive. I think the way guys look at it now, it’s a great opportunity to have a good finish and get off to a great start, if not win.”

Jimmy said how easy golf seems when your playing well;

“It’s nice when golf is like that, when you’re playing good, yes, golf feels easy.”

“When they are all playing good, I think it honestly doesn’t matter where you’re playing golf.”

Charley Hoffman, in the group at ten under, was the last player to qualify for this winners-only event with a victory in Mexico in November, he sits just one off the lead at -10 under par following his second round -7 under par 66. A double bogey on 17 spoiled what was a great effort, but equaled the low round of the day;

“Second round of the year, just trying to get my feet wet.”

“Made a bunch of birdies, hit a lot of good shots, and one unfortunate swing. You can get away with a few bad swings out here, but not on the 17th hole.”

Charley and four other players are all tied on -10 under par on this very tightly compacted leaderboard, this is turning out to be an exciting golfing start to the 2015 year.