JORDAN SPIETH clearly showed his intentions for 2016 with a tearaway eight shot win at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii but Jason Day wasn’t too disappointed with his first official outing in three months.
Spieth (67) resumed where he left off last year, blitzing the field at the US PGA Tour’s first tournament of 2016 with a near record 30-under finish for his seventh professional victory.
That matches Tiger Woods record of modern times with seven wins each prior to their 23rd birthdays.
Day was obviously a bit rusty after his long payoff but came home with a best round of the day 7-under 65 to finish on 15-under tied for 10th along with compatriot Steven Bowditch (72), who did much better earlier on.
Patrick Reed (69) was second on 22-under with Brooks Koepka (69) and Brandt Snedeker (69) tied third on 21-under and Rickie Fowler (67) 20-under.
“I’m not too disappointed about it,” Day said after a final round at The Plantation Course at Kapalua that was his best score of the week by four shots.
The 28 year old Aussie hit 18 of 18 greens in the final round and his short game and putting was getting back on track.
“Having soft bogeys, that’s the kind of stuff that holds you back,” he said. “So I made a lot of silly errors out there and I gave away a lot of easy birdies out there this week.”
Day’s next appearance is scheduled in three weeks when he will be defending champion at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego.
Spieth dismissed enthusiastic comparisons by US pundits of himself with Tiger Woods as “premature”.
Ernie Els holds the 72 hole PGA Tour tournament record finish of 31-under, set in 2003 also in Kapalua.