Jordan Spieth Picking Up At WGC-HSBC Champions Right Where He Left Off

By Brandon Raper
Brian Spurlock – USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Spieth takes this Rookie Of The Year business seriously. He won the award for the 2013 PGA Tour season, but he’s just kept on going since then, and he isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.

Seriously, after a ridiculous year that culminated with a second-place tie at the Tour Championship and showing that he deserved his spot on the American team that defended the President’s Cup once again, he earned some down time. Like any good Texas boy would, he spent some good, quality time catching up on his Dallas Cowboys.

In between games, it was a sort of working vacation, as he embarked on a tour of some of the country’s best golf courses, including trips to Pine Valley and Augusta National, the site of his Masters debut this April. A true 21st century professional, followers of his on Twitter and Instagram have been treated to some great views of the fun along the way.

Of course, with the new wraparound schedule including a World Golf Championships event in China, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to get back to work early, and there really doesn’t seem to be a bit of rust on his game. Even with two bogeys and a double on his card in the first round of the HSBC Champions, Spieth shot an opening 68 and is firmly in contention in his first tournament of the 2013-14 season. It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to take down yet another title to close the calendar year and open the new season.

If it wasn’t evident by his jam-packed schedule earlier this year when he was playing just to earn his Tour membership, Spieth appears to love nothing more than to just play golf. It isn’t work to him, and when he can play that loose, stress-free game, he could be nearly unstoppable in the new year.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and add him to your Google+ network.

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