Spieth blitzes field

LOS ANGELES. — Jordan Spieth claimed his seventh USPGA Tour title, routing the field to win the Tournament of Champions and match Tiger Woods for the most career wins before the age of 23.

The 22-year-old Texan golfer fired a closing round of six-under 6 on Sunday, capping an incredible week of precision golf to win by eight strokes.

He finished at 30-under 262, becoming just the second player in history to hit that magic 30 number. It may be his first USPGA Tour tournament of 2016, but Spieth has picked up right where he left off last year when he won two majors and five titles. He also finished runner-up at the PGA Championship and fourth at the British Open. The reigning Masters and US Open champion is pleased with his start to the year. “Very satisfied,” Spieth said. “I felt comfortable the whole week. It felt like it was a short three-week break over the holidays and just tried to continue exactly what we were doing last year.

“It worked this week and all parts of the game were firing.”

Fellow American Patrick Reed, the defending champion in the tournament open only to the prior season’s winners, ended up in sole possession of second place after making a final round charge. — AFP.

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