They say players who play well at Augusta National tend to do well at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.
So is the case for Jordan Spieth, who has a victory and a slew of high finishes at each locale.
In five starts at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, he has a win in 2016, solo second in his debut in 2014, T-3rd in 2017, and ninth in 2018.
In nine Masters starts, Spieth won in 2015 and has a pair of runner-up and pair of third-place finishes.
Spieth made just two bogeys all week at the ‘16 TOC while finishing first in strokes gained putting (7.54 total) and SG tee to green (9.679). He also only found one bunker, which he successfully got up and down from.
The Texan is used to playing a windy course like this and is a savant at knowing the right shot shapes and trajectories out of Augusta-like sloping fairways. That’s evidenced by a solo second (66-70-69-69) finish in 2014, T-3rd (72-69-70-65) in 2017, and ninth (75-66-70-69) in 2018.
"“It’s nice coming back here,” Spieth was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2018. “I look at four or five courses in a year where whatever — for whatever reason I seem to have success, whether I’m playing great or feel like I’m kind of just kind of getting through it and this is one of those places.”"
Spieth took T-21st at the 2021 Sentry TOC. Scores of 71-69-68-66 stand up pretty well most years, but unprecedented low scoring kept 17-under from sniffing contention.
It’ll be interesting to see what we get out of Spieth this year. He was a relative no-show in the majors in 2022, but otherwise had a solid year with a win at the RBC Heritage, two second-places and just four missed cuts.
The 29-year-old ranked 38th in strokes gained off the tee (.335) and can let loose a bit this week without fear of his driver getting squirrelly.
Spieth was seventh in par-5 scoring (4.5) as well.