Spieth Clinches Hero World Challenge, Tiger Finishes Tied 17th

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Spieth Clinches Hero World Challenge, Tiger Finishes Tied 17th

New golfing sensation Jordan Spieth became the youngest champion at the Hero World Challenge following a record-setting performance while Tiger Woods finished tied 17th after carding an even-par 72 on the final day of his comeback event, here.

The young American pocketed USD one million for his extraordinary performance as he aggregated 26-under 262 with a final round card of 66, breaking the tournament record of 266 set by Woods in 2007 and Davis Love III in 2000.

Woods had won this event in 2001 as a 25-year old to become the youngest champion at that time while Spieth is only 21 and his 10-stroke win has come in a field which features six Major winners and six of the top-10 players.

It was also the second title for Spieth in as many weeks, coming into the USD 3.5 million PGA Tour event after winning Australia Open.

He will now jump into the top-10, moving to number nine from 11. It is the second PGA Tour title for Spieth, having won the John Deere Classic last year.

World number two Henrik Stenson, who was three under today, was sole second.

Spieth's victory was on cards when he ended day three at 20-under and he never took his foot off the pedal. None of the players could catch him as he continued to dominate the tough Isleworth Golf and Country Club with confidence and class.

He opened the day with a birdie and then hit his 239-yard approach shot on the par-5 seventh hole to 12 feet to sink the putt for an eagle.

His back nine featured a rare double bogey on the par-4 14th hole but he followed it up with a birdie.

"Everything in my game was momentum coming off this week. It's really cool to make my way into the top-10. To crack the top-10 is a tremendous honour. This caps off the best golfing year that I have ever had each year has been a little better than the last. I hope to continuing do so in 2015," Spieth said.

The American said victory last week in Sydney gave him confidence but "winning here in College and playing here twice was important."

"Because I would not know the golf course, especially on short notice. So I was fortunate to have been here a couple of times."

For Woods, who made a comeback to competitive golf after a four-month injury lay-off, coming out of this week pain-free was a big relief but his short game let him down in the tournament.

Today he managed a bogey free front-nine, which had two birdies but his back nine had a triple bogey on the par-5 13th. He managed to get two birdies before closing with a par.

"I made some progress. I had not played for four months and I am absolutely no pain, which is nice. To be able to go out on the same of these drives like it did this week really enforces that what I am doing is right thing for my body," Woods said.

Woods was effusive in his praise for Spieth, who was going 25-under when Woods had finished his day.

"25 under is pretty low. I think that's probably the lowest I have ever gone. I think I have gone 25 twice. But what he is doing out there is pretty impressive. I know he won here not too long ago.

"Hard to be believe he was only in college a couple years ago but he ended up winning out here and he's doing it again this week," Woods said.

Stenson's card was spoiled by three bogeys but he managed three birdies in either half to finish behind the winner.

"All in all it is a good week. It was a one-horse race the last day. Jordan was pulling away from everyone. I played with him yesterday abnd he played fantastic, so all credit to him," Stenson said.

Patrick Reed (68) and Keegan Bradley (70) were tied third with an aggregate of 274 while a stroke behind at sole fifth was Jason Day, who was the best scorer of the day along with Spieth at 66.

Rickie Fowler (68) and Justin Rose (71) were tied sixth and following them in tied eighth were defending champion Zach Johnson (69), Billy Horschel (67) and Matt Kuchar (70).

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