Spieth aiming to tick final box off 2014 to-do list

Wed Dec 3, 2014 7:20pm EST
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WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) - Rising American talent Jordan Spieth hopes to carry momentum from his rousing Australian Open triumph into this week's Hero World Challenge and tick the final box off his 2014 to-do list.

Spieth, 21, said on Wednesday his goals for the year included two wins and making the Ryder Cup team. He made the 12-man U.S. matchplay team, but squandered opportunities to win until blazing to a six-shot victory in Sydney.

This week's 18-man event, hosted by Tiger Woods, gives Spieth a shot at meeting his objective.

"That would check every goal for the year," Spieth said on the eve of the opening round at Isleworth Golf and Country Club.

Spieth said putting his name on the Stonehaven Cup boosted his confidence.

"Jack (Nicklaus) won it seven times and Gary Player six, along with Greg Norman's name on it. Just Hall of Famer after Hall of Famer, and future Hall of Famers on it -- Rory (McIlroy) and Adam (Scott) won it.

"It was one I was targeting and looking forward to, so it was a great week."

Spieth has done well hitting his targets.

Shortly after turning pro at 19, the Texan became the youngest player in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event at the John Deere Classic and was PGA Rookie of the Year in 2013.   Continued...

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Australian Open golf tournament at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray