New season, same Spieth
Any lingering questions about Jordan Spieth's ability to continue his stellar performance from 2015 were quickly put to rest at this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Spieth ran away from the field, shooting 30 under for the championship, 8 shots better than his nearest competitor Patrick Reed. Rounding out the top 5 were Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler.
The fried egg's stat of the week proved to be true as Spieth dominated Kapalua's par 5's, playing them 16 under for the week (or an average of 4 per par 5).
Shot of the week
With Brooks Koepka surging to three shots back after a third round 63, Spieth capped off his round with a near albatross on the par 5 18th. He ended up with an eagle and a comfortable 5 shot lead heading into Sunday's final round.
With the win, Spieth joined Tiger Woods and Horton Smith as the only players with 7 PGA Tour wins before the age of 23. While his game isn't as flashy as Tiger's in the late 90's, Spieth has shown the same uncanny ability to outshine top tier fields with regylarity.
This weekend, Spieth certainly sent a "catch me if you can" message to the rest of the golf world.
Fowler's shoes make the news
Overshadowed by his shoes? Rickie Fowler had a great start to the 2016 season, finishing 5th at 20 under par, but his footwear is what made headlines. Fowler modeled a pair of high-top golf shoes (not to mention joggers for pants) during a couple rounds of the tournament, turning heads and amassing criticism from some of golf's traditionalists.
While Fowler's style may rub some fans the wrong way, his trend-setting style has proven popular among golf's next generation.
The tour continues in Hawaii, heading to the Sony Open at Waialea Country Club. Last year's defending champion, Jimmy Walker, is back as well as many of the tour's newcomers (stay tuned for a full preview on Wednesday).
Across the pond
It was a tale of two nines for 22-year-old South African and Spieth's college teammate, Brandon Stone, during the European Tour's BMW South African Open. The front nine saws Stone relent a 5 shot lead after bogeying 6 of 7 holes, rallying on the back nine with 4 biridies in 5 holes to win the European Tour's first tournament of the year by 2 shots.
England's David Howell found a water hazard in his first round in South Africa and made headlines for...taking his shirt off.
Golf Digest's 100 greatest courses in the world
This year, 24 new courses joined the list, ushering in both change and controversy. Headlining the newcomers is Cabot Cliffs at #19, a Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore design located in Nova Scotia. Its older sister courses, Cabot Links, also made the list at #93.
Where does the controversy come in?
With so many changes to the list, many question whether this is just a ploy to sell more magazines as the golf courses themselves have seen little change since the last top 100 edition just 2 years ago.
One man's trash is every golfer's treasure.
Koepka (10 under on the day) shanks a ball on 18, striking an oddly dressed fan. Turned out wearing a massive fur hat in Hawaii was a good idea....
Former number 1, Luke Donald, contemplated quitting the game.
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