Spieth fires 30-under to win Hyundai Champions

Jordan Spieth closed with a 6-under 67 on Sunday for an eight-shot victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and joined Ernie Els as the only players in PGA Tour history to finish a 72-hole event at 30-under or better.

It’s Spieth’s 7th victory on the PGA Tour and he joins Tiger Woods as the only players to get that many at age 22. Horton Smith, who won 14 times from 1928-30, holds all-time record for the most victories before the age of 23.

Starting with a five-shot lead, the world No.1 made back-to-back birdies around the turn at Kapalua to restore his margin and closed with a six-under 67 for an eight-shot victory over fellow American, Patrick Reed.

“I didn’t think I would shoot 30-under,” said Spieth. “So that part surprised me. I figured winds would be up, greens would be quicker, where if you short sided you’re in a bit more trouble.”

“I think they had to protect against winds that they weren’t expecting. It just never came. So it was just a perfect four days to play golf.”

It may be his first PGA Tour tournament of 2016, but Spieth has picked up right where he left off last year when he won two majors and five titles. He also finished runner-up at the PGA Championship and fourth at The Open Championship.

“I’m very satisfied,” Spieth said. “I felt comfortable the whole week. It felt like it was a short three-week break over the holidays and just tried to continue exactly what we were doing last year.”

“It worked this week and all parts of the game were firing.”

Brooks Koepka, playing with Spieth was not able to close in on the five-shot deficit he faced at the start of the day. He closed with a 71 and tied for third alongside Brandt Snedeker. Rickie Fowler shot a six-under 67 to finish alone in fifth.

Australians Jason Day and Steven Bowditch tied for 10th, finishing at 15 under.

After a week at home in Dallas, Spieth heads to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and then Asia for the Singapore Open before resuming his PGA Tour schedule at Pebble Beach and Riviera.

The 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, starting 21 January, will bring the year’s first meeting of the Titans – Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.