Spieth opens the new year in style with win at Kapalua

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) – Jordan Spieth brought his old form to the new year and had no trouble winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

Staked to a five-shot lead, Spieth made two straight birdies around the turn at Kapalua to restore his margin, and he spent the rest of the afternoon soaking up the views of surf and sun on Maui.

He closed with a 6-under 67 for an eight-shot victory over Patrick Reed. He finished at 30-under 262, joining Ernie Els as the only players in PGA Tour history to finish a 72-hole event at 30 under or lower. Els won at Kapalua in 2003 with a record 31 under.

The view from the top is stunning at the moment, not so much for those trying to catch him.

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