Having just experienced the worst professional season of his career, Jordan Spieth is determined to bounce back in 2019 and return to his former greatness.
Spieth had precious little to crow about last year. Aside from going winless, a 31st-place finish in the US tour’s FedExCup points race meant he failed to qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time ever.
But after marrying his fiancée Annie Verret in November, Spieth is more than ready for a fresh start, and the job begins at this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
The 25-year-old is hoping to “knock some rust off” at Waialae Country Club and “gather some information about where I am at and hopefully make some adjustments going forward into the season”.
Reflecting on his performances in 2018, the three-time major winner admitted that five top-10 finishes in 23 starts was much less than he’s used to.
“I was certainly frustrated with last season results-wise compared to previous seasons,” he said.
“It was also something I kind of embraced as an inevitable at some point in the career.
“I almost took ignorance is bliss in a lot of parts of my game. I did things well, but I didn’t know why. I just did them. Then they got off, and so I had to figure out why I did them well and how to train it back.”
Spieth said getting married and going on honeymoon provided a welcome break away from golf, and has left him feeling refreshed.
“I needed some time away from the game after being off and having to play through it at the end the season,” he added.
First-round leader Tony Finau credited a change in putting grip for his six-under-par 64 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Anna Nordqvist fired a six-under 65 at the Pure Silk Championship on Thursday to grab a share of the lead with Bronte Law and Jennifer Song.
Three Englishmen are among the leaders after Thursday’s opening round of the Made in Denmark on the European Tour.
A drama series based on the 2018 Tiger Woods biography written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian is reportedly in development.
Brooks Koepka is supremely confident that his major tally will reach double figures, but the bookmakers aren’t as convinced.
Justin Rose is the defending champion at this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, but he knows that doesn’t necessarily give him an advantage.
Rory McIlroy has confirmed his participation in the Scottish Open that is set to take place at the Renaissance Club from 11 July.
Thorbjorn Olesen says he has extra motivation to do well in this week’s Made In Denmark tournament as he wants to win on home soil.