Spi­eth expects to win at least one ma­jor in 2016

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SYDNEY: World num­ber one Jor­dan Spi­eth ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day it will be dif­fi­cult to re­peat the suc­cess he’s en­joyed this year in 2016, but the Amer­i­can expects to win at least one ma­jor. Spi­eth is back in Sydney to de­fend this week’s Aus­tralian Open, a vic­tory he capped with a blis­ter­ing fi­nal-round, course-record 63 that kick­started a rich vein of form.

The Dal­las-born player went on to win the fol­low­ing week’s Hero World Chal­lenge and then headed into the PGA Tour sea­son, cap­tur­ing the Mas­ters and US Open ti­tles along with the Valspar Cham­pi­onship, a sec­ond John Deere Clas­sic and the year-end­ing Tour Cham­pi­onship.

“I felt af­ter that Sun­day round here at the Aus­tralian Club a year ago that my vic­tory in Sydney would do some­thing for me, but not launch the type of year I’ve had this year,” he said. “I was tied for the lead go­ing into the fi­nal round here in Sydney and I knew I could do it and really just stayed really pa­tient and played one of the best rounds of my life when I really needed it.

“I then went onto the next week and prob­a­bly played the best golf of my ca­reer down the stretch, and really had that men­tal edge I had been look­ing for.

“I kind of had that men­tal edge all my golf­ing life but kind of lost it a bit com­ing onto the tour, but I guess it was a steep learn­ing curve.” Spi­eth will tee up from Thurs­day look­ing to be­come the first non-Aus­tralian born player to win the cov­eted Stone­haven Tro­phy for a sec­ond straight year since the great Jack Nick­laus in 1975 and 1976.

But af­ter such a suc­cess­ful year when he is as­sured of end­ing the year as the world’s top player, he ad­mit­ted it will be a hard act to fol­low as he heads into 2016. “I don’t know if it is re­al­is­tic to raise the bar in 2016 given what I have achieved in 2015 but I am sure it will be very close as I am al­ways try­ing to get a lit­tle bit bet­ter,” he said.

“It would be good if I could re­peat what I have ac­com­plished this year next sea­son but whether or not that hap­pens, my goals for the new year will cer­tainly in­clude hav­ing mul­ti­ple tour­na­ment wins.

“I would ex­pect to at least win a ma­jor cham­pi­onship and it’s ex­actly what Rory’s (McIl­roy) been say­ing, that even in an off-year you want to be at least close to win­ning a ma­jor.” — AFP

SYDNEY: File photo dated Novem­ber 30, 2014 shows Jor­dan Spi­eth of the US hold­ing up the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Aus­tralian Open golf tour­na­ment at the Aus­tralian Golf Club in Sydney. World num­ber one Speith is back in Sydney to de­fend this week’s Aus­tralian Open, ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day that it will be dif­fi­cult to re­peat the suc­cess he’s en­joyed this year in 2016, but the Amer­i­can expects to win at least one ma­jor. — AFP

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