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Jordan Spieth cruises to TOC win

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 11, 2016 at 1:20 AM

Jordan Spieth won the first PGA Tour event of the new year going away.

The 22-year-old, two-time major champion closed the Hyundai Tournament of Championship with a 6-under-par 67 on Sunday and won by eight strokes over Patrick Reed in Kapalua, Hawaii.

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Spieth finished four rounds at 30-under 262 with an 8-foot birdie putt on his final hole. The world's top-ranked player became just the second play in PGA Tour history to complete a 72-hole event at 30 under or lower. Ernie Els set the record at 31 under at Kapalua in 2003.

The win was Spieth's seventh on the PGA Tour, with Spieth matching Tiger Woods as the only players since 1970 with that many victories by age 22.

"All parts were firing," Spieth said.

Reed closed within three shots after a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole for a 32 on the front side, but Spieth kept him at bay with birdies at Nos. 6, 9 and 10. Reed, the defending champion, had his only bogey of the tournament at No. 15 and finished with a 69 for a 22-under 270 on the par-73, 7,411-yard Plantation Course at Kapalua.

"I knew I had to make birdies early to put pressure on (Spieth)," Reed said. "I got it to within three. The next time I saw a board, it was back to five. He's not going to shoot over par, especially the way he's playing now."

Brooks Koepka concluded with a 71 and wound up at 21 under and in a tie for third with Brandt Snedeker, who posted a closing 67. Rickie Fowler took fifth at 20 under after a 67.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington (final-round 67), Argentina's Fabian Gomez (71) and Peter Malnati (69) tied for sixth at 275. Kevin Kisner (71) came in ninth at 276. Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker and Australia's Steven Bowditch and Jason Day shared 10th place at 277.

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