Jordan Spieth almost matches PGA record in Hawaii win
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 12/01/16 1:33pm
Jordan Spieth almost levelled the PGA tour record for total score under par with an emphatic eight shot victory at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
The world number one finished 30-under par after four rounds as he carded a closing six-under par 67 to finish clear of the field with first round leader Patrick Reed his closest rival.
Spieth was never in any danger of being pegged back as he went into the closing round five shots ahead of Brooks Koepka.
But he fell short of Ernie Els' record of 31-under for 72 holes when his birdie attempt on the 17th fell a foot short of dropping in.
Nevertheless, Spieth was in imperious form as he became the third-youngest man to reach seven PGA titles, taking just a month more than Tiger Woods did.
The fact the 22-year-old's poorest round of the tournament came on the final day and still contained seven birdies and just one bogey said plenty about his form.
After six tour wins in his last 21 outings, comparisons with Woods understandably remain but Spieth is keen to play them down.
He said: "I am nowhere near, I don't think there's any reason to compare. It is awfully early. I'm very excited with where I am at as a start to my career and what Tiger has done.
"I can't imagine ever being done again, but it's very nice to be in that company. Any time that you can get into the company of him and other great players, it's a goal I've had since I was a little kid.
"I'm very satisfied. I felt comfortable all week, I felt it was just a short three-week break over the holidays and then just trying to continue what I was doing last year. It worked this week and all parts of the game were firing."
Koepka's two-under 71 meant he dropped back to third in the final standings alongside Brandt Snedeker, with Ricky Fowler one stroke back in fifth.
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