Jordan Spieth got off to a fast start in the first round of the Hero World Challenge, the exclusive 18-man invitational hosted by Tiger Woods’ foundation, which is held at the uber-nice Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. Spieth hit a 6-iron from 175 yards — playing about 10 yards longer because it was into the wind — on the par-3 second and nearly slam-dunked the shot. Yep, he aced it (which leaves him with potentially a costly tab this evening).
“I absolutely flushed it right at the hole and didn’t think it went in,” said Spieth who posted a five-under 67. “I started walking because balls have been sticking on the green so I thought it just stuck, but I guess it just crept forward that extra two feet.
“With very few people watching, you don’t know if it’s really close or in when they cheer and then you look up and the ball disappeared. So it’s cool, it’s cool to have. Holes-in-ones in PGA
Tour events are pretty awesome.
“Then I tried to take that as momentum and, you know, played pretty solid. A lot of the easier
holes, I parred four of the par 5s and I could reach three of them and the other one had a lob
wedge in, so that’s a bit disappointing. But made up with it by taking advantage of a few of
the other easy holes.”
Spieth is coming off a spectacular 2015, where he won the Masters, the U.S. Open, a few other Tour events, the FedEx Cup, among other achievements and honors. At this point, he’s just looking forward to the year coming to an end and getting some short-lived rest before he kicks off 2016 in Kapalua at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
“Really ending the calendar year is what I’m focused on,” he said. “I’m ready for
some rest. Sure, I would like to continue rounds like today the rest of the week or even
improve on it and a win would be fantastic with an exclamation point, but that’s what I said
about the Tour Championship and this is just fine.
“This is a fun event for us because it’s so relaxed, we’re able to kind of sit back and I’m not grinding as hard as I would on a normal week, just trying to really soak it in as almost a half vacation, half tournament. Obviously when I’m on the course I think differently, but trying to rest up as well.”
Spieth is currently tied for fourth, one shot behind co-leaders Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson and Paul Casey.