January 11, 2016 / 3:37 AM / 2 years ago

Imperious Spieth wins by eight shots in Hawaii

(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth underlined his status as world number one by cruising to an eight-shot victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday after repelling an early challenge by fellow American Patrick Reed.

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. tees off on the second hole during the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai, China, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

On a breezy day at the Kapalua Resort on the Hawaiian island of Maui, the imperious Spieth signed off with a six-under-par 67 to clinch his seventh career title on the PGA Tour, matching Tiger Woods in achieving that total before the age of 23.

The 22-year-old Spieth outclassed the elite, winners-only field of 32 at Kapalua as he mixed seven birdies with a lone bogey to post a 30-under total of 262.

He became only the second player to finish a 72-hole event on the PGA Tour at 30-under par or better, emulating South African Ernie Els who won the 2003 Tournament of Champions with a 31-under aggregate.

Defending champion Reed cut Spieth’s lead to three shots after making a sizzling start to the final round but he ran out of steam after the turn on the way to a 69 and had to settle for a distant second place.

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Edtiing by Ian Ransom

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