Speith eyes re­bound cam­paign in 2019

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

JORDAN Spi­eth launches what he hopes will be a bounce-back 2019 cam­paign on Thursday when he tees it up in the US PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii.

The for­mer world No1 en­dured his worst pro­fes­sional sea­son in 2018, fin­ish­ing 31st in the US tour’s FedExCup points race and fail­ing to qual­ify for the Tour Cham­pi­onship for the first time in his six year ca­reer.

Spi­eth, who mar­ried fi­ancee An­nie Ver­ret in Novem­ber, said this week’s tour­na­ment at Wa­ialae Coun­try Club would be a chance to as­sess just where his game is given he didn’t earn a berth in last week’s Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons open only to last sea­son’s win­ners.

Spi­eth said he de­cided he “re­ally could come down and try out the very lit­tle work I was able to put in, but at least knock some rust off and gather some in­for­ma­tion about where I am at and hope­fully make some ad­just­ments go­ing for­ward into the sea­son”.

Spi­eth, whose five top-10 fin­ishes in 23 starts last sea­son were the fewest of his ca­reer, ad­mit­ted it was a frus­trat­ing cam­paign.

“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,” added Spi­eth, whose 11 ti­tles be­fore the age of 25 in­cluded three ma­jor cham­pi­onships.

“I al­most took ig­no­rance as bliss in a lot of parts of my game,” he said. “I did things well, but I didn’t know why. I just did them.”

Al­though lim­ited prac­tice time as he en­joyed his wed­ding and honeymoon mean he isn’t sure just what to ex­pect this week, he said he thought the break did him good.

“I needed some time away from the game af­ter be­ing off and hav­ing to play through it at the end the sea­son,” Spi­eth said.

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