“I guess it makes sort of a statement that, hey, we're still there,” said Titleist Brand Ambassador Jordan Spieth, moments after cruising to an 8-stroke victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
“If anything, I felt we have even improved in this off season. This was kind of a tournament where a lot of guys were knocking rust off and I felt like mine was already off. ”
And what a convincing performance it was for the world's top-ranked player, as Spieth clinched his seventh career title on the PGA Tour…
• The current Masters and U.S. Open champion fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s, posting a victory total of 30-under-par 262, one shot off the tournament record of 31-under set in 2003.
• Spieth led the winners-only, 32-man field in birdies, with 28, recording 7 birdies in each round he played at Kapalua's Plantation Course.
• He also led the field in the Strokes Gained - Tee To Green (9.679), Strokes Gained - Putting (7.540) and Putts Per GIR (1.617) categories.
• Spieth entered the final round with a 5-stroke advantage and increased it to the largest margin of victory (8) on the PGA TOUR since fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker won by nine shots at the 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii.
• The performance marked Spieth’s best 72-hole score on the PGA TOUR, eclipsing his 264 winning total at last year’s John Deere Classic.
• Spieth captured his seventh PGA Tour title in just his 77th start, becoming only the second player to win that many times by the age of 22.
We’d say that he's certainly picking up where he left off last season. Congratulations, Jordan!
NINE IN TOP 10: Spieth topped a leaderboard that saw 9 of the 14 players who finished among the top 10 and ties relying upon Titleist golf balls for their success.
Titleist golf ball loyalist Rickie Fowler (Pro V1) finished solo fifth, followed by Titleist Brand Ambassador Peter Malanati (Pro V1x) and Titleist golf ball loyalists Padraig Harrington (Pro V1) and Fabian Gomez (Pro V1x) who tied for sixth, Kevin Kisner (Pro V1) in 9th and Steven Bowditch (Pro V1x), Bubba Watson (Pro V1x) and Titleist Brand Ambassador Jimmy Walker (Pro V1), who tied for 10th.
Kisner’s top 10 performance allowed him to maintain his lead in the FedExCup standings.
THE COUNTS:Titleist was the top choice among the select field in golf balls with 20 players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, five times the nearest competitor with four.
Titleist tied as the field favorite in irons with six.
There were twice as many Vokey Design wedges (30) and Scotty Cameron putters (16) in play than the nearest competitors in each category.
Let’s take a closer look at the Titleist equipment that Jordan trusted from tee-to-green to win the first official event on the 2016 PGA Tour calendar.
|WHAT’S IN JORDAN SPIETH'S BAG|
|Golf Ball: Pro V1x
|Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5º) w/Aldila Rogue Black 60 TX shaft
|Fairway: Titleist 915F (15º) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI7 X shaft
|Utility Iron: Titleist 712U (3) w/Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 shaft
|Irons: Titleist AP2 (4-9) w/True Temper PX 6.0 shafts
|Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 prototype 46.08 F-grind w/True Temper PX 6.0 shafts
|Vokey Design SM6 prototype 52.08 F-grind
|Vokey Design SM6 prototype 56.10 S-grind
|Vokey Design SM6 prototype 60.04 L-grind
|Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 prototype