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Monday, January 11, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Winner: Jordan Spieth

Around the wider world of golf: A fairly quiet week since it was the first of the year. The BMW South African Open was won by Brandon Stone, a protege of Ernie Els. It was his first win on the ET.

Jordan with Hyundai trophy

Everybody came to Hawaii for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions because (1) it's a really nice perk for winning a PGA Tour event and (2) it's a relaxing way to knock the rust off your game after you've taken a few weeks off. Well, Rory didn't go but he probably felt like he had a few weeks to get his game going overseas.

Apparently Jordan Spieth didn't get the memo. While his game wasn't perfect, it was certainly in a lot better shape than almost any other players' game. In fact, his scores were never worse than the third-best score each round. His worst round of the week was 67 (-6) on Sunday. I don't think anybody else could say that.

It's not like the other guys didn't try. Defending champ Patrick Reed got the closest, finishing in second place... 8 full shots behind Jordan. And of the players at Kapalua, Reed was in the best form of anyone because of his great stretch of finishes around the world during November and December.

He was still 8 shots behind, people. Even Rory McIlroy, who wasn't there, had to take notice of that.

It certainly looks as if the World #1 ranking is safe for a while... and maybe, just maybe, some of Tiger's records are NOT. With his 7th PGA Tour win before age 23 -- and several months left to add to that record -- it looks like Jordan may be picking up several more Limerick Summaries before 2016 is over...
Looks like Jordan will be Number One
For a while; of the other guys, none
Even made it a race.
If Spieth keeps up THIS pace,
They’ll be running long after he’s done!
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