Spieth wins Hero World Challenge by 10 strokes

Sun Dec 7, 2014 6:12pm EST
 
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By Larry Fine

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) - Young Jordan Spieth capped off a second consecutive runaway victory with a six-under 66 on Sunday to win the Hero World Challenge by a massive 10 strokes at Isleworth.

The 21-year-old Spieth, who closed with an eight-under 63 to win last week's Australian Open by six shots for his first win of the year, collected a $1 million prize and satisfied a goal by winning his second title of 2014.

It was a bravura performance by the precocious Texan, who finished on 26-under-par 262 to shatter the tournament record of 22-under 266 set by host Tiger Woods in 2007.

"I think last week was a big boost of confidence," said Spieth, who will move up to ninth in the world rankings from 11th.

"I'm very, very pleased with the year and how it came to a close."

Woods, meanwhile, failed on his modest goal of escaping last place in the 18-man event when he suffered another embarrassing chipping display, taking a triple-bogey at the par-five 13th.

He posted a 72 for even-par 288 to tie Hunter Mahan for bottom of the table, but later pronounced his return to competition after a long absence from back injuries as an overall success.

"I made some progress," said Woods, who is also working on a swing change. "I hadn't played in four months and I'm in absolutely no pain, which is nice.   Continued...