Although the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season began in October, it is officially in full swing with the playing of the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions from the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. The 4-day limited field tournament, only open to those who won in the 2014-2015 season, was dominated by Jordan Spieth. Spieth, who is coming off a record breaking season dominated the field with a score of 30 under par. Patrick Reed came in second place at -22, 8 strokes behind Spieth. Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka, and Rickie Fowler rounded out the top 5.
Jordan Spieth has certainly answered the doubters about whether or not he will have a down year in 2016. Winning in his first start, Spieth has rebounded from a rough ending to his 2015 Fed Ex Cup winning season. While he still won the Fed Ex Cup, Spieth struggled down the stretch showing signs of fatigue and wear. Thus far, he is showing no signs of a Fed Ex Cup hangover.
One week later, the PGA tour season shifted to the big island of Hawaii for the Sony Open from Waialae Country Club. This tournament was the first full field of the New Year and it did not disappoint.
It took more than the traditional 72 holes to decide a winner. Fabian Gomez and Brandt Snedeker both finished the final round at 20 under par. Zac Blair needed an eagle on the Par 5 18th hole in order to join the pair in a sudden death playoff. After two of his best shots of the week, Blair missed his 10 foot eagle putt. He settled for a solo third place finish. The Argentinian Gomez birdied the second playoff hole against Snedeker to win his second career PGA Tour event.
He overcame a 4 shot final round deficit.
Next week, the PGA Tour shifts to La Quinta, California, for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Past champion Patrick Reed is expected to compete along with others such as Bill Haas and Zach Johnson.
By Matt Nadworny