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Jordan Dominates at Hero Challenge

Jordan completed a great 4 days at the Hero Challenge with a sharp 66 to take him to a 10 shot victory over many of golfs best players. Details below.

Three years ago at Isleworth, he was making the turn in the final round when he looked
over at the scoreboard on the 18th fairway that showed he had a big lead. So it was eerie when he caught himself doing the same thing Sunday during the final round of the Hero World Challenge.

But there was one big difference.

Back then, Spieth was a freshman at Texas and won by eight shots in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational for his first college title.

This time, he beat an elite field that included tournament host Tiger Woods, six major champions and 16 of the top 30 players in the world.

And he beat them even worse.

Spieth capped off a big finish to his second season as a pro when he closed with a 6-under 66 and set two tournament records to win by 10 shots over Henrik Stenson. Staked to a seven-shot lead in the final round, he opened with three birdies in four holes and turned the final three hours into a peaceful walk along the lakes and palatial homes of Isleworth.

“It was the most fun I ever had playing nine holes of golf,” Spieth said.

Spieth had an 11-shot lead after nine holes, ripped a drive over the corner of the bunker and then glanced at the lone leaderboard. And then he made another birdie. He coasted from there and even with a careless double bogey on the back nine, he finished at 26-under 262 to break the tournament record of 266 set by Woods in 2007 and Davis Love III in 2000, both at Sherwood Country Club in California.

The 10-shot victory was the largest margin of the year in golf, and broke the tournament record of seven shots that Woods had in 2007.


“Whether my emotions showed it or not I’m not sure, but inside we were really very pleased with the year and how it came to a close,” Spieth said. “This caps off the best golfing year that I’ve ever had.”

Spieth had set a goal of two wins, and that looked out of reach when he began the last leg of a long journey. He finished one shot out of a playoff in Japan, won the Australian Open by six shots and then turned in another dominant performance.

“The kid is playing great,” said Keegan Bradley, who had a 70 to tie for third with Patrick Reed (68). “You have to look at his past three events. He almost won them all. He’s a great player. I wouldn’t look more into it other than he dominated this week.”

Woods, in his first tournament in four months while recovering from back injuries, stubbed two more chips on the 13th hole for a triple bogey and closed with a 72. He tied for last place in the 18-man field with Hunter Mahan, 26 shots out of the lead.

Woods noted that Spieth closed with a 63 in Australia and flew some 9,000 miles to get to Isleworth.

“He’s playing some pretty special golf right now,” Woods said.

Spieth completes his second full year as a pro by moving into the top 10 in the world ranking at No. 9. The Hero World Challenge is not an official PGA Tour event, so the $1 million prize does not count toward the money list.

He had never had such a big lead going into the final round, and it’s tempting to try to protect it. Instead, Spieth set tiny goals and came out swinging. One of those goals was to stretch his lead to 10 shots, and he got there with a hybrid on the par-5 seventh to the left edge of the green that trickled onto the putting surface. Bradley two-putted for birdie to get within eight shots, and then Spieth poured in his putt to go up by 10.

Bradley was headed for the eighth tee, when he reversed course and walked over to Spieth to playfully body-slam him.

“I wanted to go over there and tackle him and break his putter,” Bradley said. “No, I love Jordan. I’m happy for him. He was pretty much unbeatable this week.”

Stenson played with Spieth on Saturday, and knew what to expect.

“He was in pretty much full control of every part of his game,” Stenson said.

Credits: Jordan Spieth won by 10 strokes at the Hero World Challenge. – ESPN

 

Jordan is now to take 6 weeks of before beginning the next season. Looks like set for a great new year. Stay tuned.

 

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Jordan spieth hold 2 shot lead on Day 2

Day 2 at the Hero Challenge and Jordan managed a 2 shot lead to close out the day. See below.

Playing in the final group Friday, Jordan Spieth leads by two shots and he faces a chip shot on the final hole as second-round play was suspended due to darkness at the Hero World Challenge.

Spieth, the first-round leader who was 5-under on the day, decided to finish up his round on
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Saturday with his ball just off the front of the green on No. 18. Spieth is currently at 11-under through 35 holes and he leads Henrik Stenson by two shots.

“I think if it were a normal event and we weren't the last group the horn would've been blown probably when we were on 16 green,” said Spieth. “It got pretty dark. I don't know if the cameras did it justice. If I did it over again I may have stopped playing on 17 but I thought we may be able to get it in here.”

Heavy rain delayed play for about an hour and a half, forcing most of the players in the final few pairings to finish up their second rounds in the dark at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.


 

Steve Stricker, playing in the penultimate group, was on the 18th green when he decided to call it quits for the day. Spieth and Stricker are the only ones who still need to finish their second rounds. Stricker was even par on the day and is tied for 12th at minus-5.

 Credits: Spieth holds 2-shot lead at suspended Hero World Challenge – Charlotte Observer

Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow.

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Jordan Spieth Sparkels On Day 1

Are you ready for a new golf season. I sure am. Looks to be another great year for golf and Jordan. Great start with the recent win in Australia and now great opening round at the Hero Challenge.

Jordan Spieth ended Day 1 of the Hero World Challenge on Thursday in the same place he ended his last tournament: atop the leaderboard.
Four days after becoming the first American in 21 years to win the Australian Open, Spieth shot Hero challenge golfa 6-under 66 at Isleworth Golf & Country Club to lead the 18-man event in Orlando by a shot over four players, including Henrik Stenson (who won in his last start at the DP World Tour Championship), semi-retired Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler and defending World Challenge champion Zach Johnson.

The 21-year-old Texan had a solid start with birdie, but made his run at the end of the opening nine with four consecutive birdies to go out in 31 — 10 shots better than host Tiger Woods. The second nine began with a flurry, too, with a pair of birdies in the first four holes of the side, as well Spieth’s only bogey of the day.


However, Spieth probably best showed his ability and rapid maturity on the tough par-4 finishing hole. Spieth’s approach shot was unlucky, striking a sprinkler head short of the green and bouncing over and right of the green. Left with a tough shot to a tight hole location, Spieth left it 12 feet short of the hole. The confident world No. 11 then rolled in the right-to-left putt to save par and take a lead into the second round.

Tomorrow should be exciting…

Credits: Different tournament, same top spot for Jordan Spieth – Yahoo Sports (blog)

 

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