Take your marks, get set for a mighty 2016

Jordan Spieth has taken the bull by the horns with his first showing of 2016 in Hawaii, a dominant reminder of his status as the current world’s best player.

Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy all held the top spot at various intervals during the 2015 calendar year and have each stated their intention to grab it back from each other before the year is too far gone.

Jason Day Jason Day (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

Before this week, Day had had just the one outing since October’s Presidents Cup – Tiger Woods’ World Challenge in the Bahamas in December – while McIlroy has been recovering from laser eye surgery following his Race to Dubai title win in November and will start his year shortly at the European Tour’s Desert Swing.

At the tick of the clock of midnight on New Year’s Day, the trio had opened up a sizeable gap over their nearest competitors at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings with less than a ranking point separating them.

Conversely, McIlroy at No. 3 was nearly 3 ranking points clear of Bubba Watson at four, with Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose in a bunched group just behind him.

Their respective partners may have seen less of Day and Spieth as they did of each other last year, paired together as they so often were at the start and end of most of the tournaments they featured in during their respective breakthrough years.

2016 may not be much different but perhaps with an added Irish lilt in the air to go with the Texan and Australian twang.