There was zero drama at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday when Jordan Spieth took his multi-shot lead into the final round and increased it to the point where there were eight strokes betwixt him and closest competitor Patrick Reed.
Only Jason Day posted a better final round score. He shot an eight-under 65 to move into the top ten. Spieth’s 67 meant that in order for Reed to catch him, Reed would have had to shoot a 61 to earn a tie and force a playoff. Day and fellow Australian Steven Bowditch finished the tournament tied at 15 under par, earning them each $148,000 in the small field composed the 32 winners from last season’s tournaments.
At just 22 years of age, Spieth shows a level of maturity that enabled him on Sunday to keep his foot firmly on the gas and the throats of the other players in the field.
Low scores are par for the course at Kapalua. The venue for the Tournament of Champions has produced the all-time record for score in relation to par. Ernie Els did Spieth one better when he shot minus 31 in 2003. In this year’s edition, only J.J. Henry and James Hahn failed to shoot under par.