Spi­eth cruises to eight-shot win at Ka­palua

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ka­palua, hawaii» 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, the 22-year-old Texan made two con­sec­u­tive 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. The view from the top of golf is just as stun­ning at the mo­ment, but not so much for those try­ing to catch him.

Spi­eth made an 8-foot birdie putt to reach his tar­get, even though he didn’t need it. He closed with a 6-un­der-par 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 tour­na­ment at 30un­der or lower.

Els set his record of 31-un­der at Ka­palua in 2003 with an eight­shot vic­tory.

“I felt like it was a short three­week break and con­tinue what we were do­ing last year,” said Spi­eth, who is com­ing off a siz­zling fivewin sea­son that in­cluded the Masters and U.S. Open ti­tles. “That’s the way I’ll keep on think­ing about it. It worked this week. All parts were fir­ing.”

Stone first-time tour win­ner

B jo­han­nes­burg» Bran­don Stone won the South African Open for his first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle, be­com­ing the youngest player to win the tour­na­ment since it joined the tour sched­ule in 1997.

The 22-year-old South African closed with a 1-un­der 71 that in­cluded seven birdies but also six bo­geys, and it was good enough for a two-shot win over coun­try­man Chris­ti­aan Bezuiden­hout (67).

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