Spieth Soars, Tiger Toils
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/8/14
Most of us remember Tiger Woods lapping the field at the 1997 Masters Tournament. This past weekend, Jordan Spieth replicated the feat, albeit not at an in-season official PGA Tour event.
But the scores and the paychecks were real enough.
Fresh off his stunning victory at the Australian Open, Spieth returned stateside and started Sunday with a seven-shot lead in the Hero World Challenge, the annual Tiger Woods-hosted event, played this year at Isleworth CC, outside Orlando, Florida. He then coasted to a ten-shot victory, not even letting a double-bogey at 14 spoil the fun. In winning the event, Spieth set 54- and 72-hole tournament scoring records, lapped the field by ten shots over his nearest competitor (Sweden's Henrik Stenson), shot a course-record 63 along the way, and is now the 9th-ranked man in golf worldwide, jumping two spaces from 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The "changing of the guard" in golf was on display again this weekend;
Tiger had an 8 at the par-5 13th and tied for last place (77-70-69-72 = 288) at level par with Hunter Mahan. But for Tiger, the most important accomplishment this weekend was that he played an entire tournament pain-free.
As for Spieth, his own words are best:
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