America's Jordan Spieth celebrates making a birdie in a playoff on the18th hole to win the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.
America's Jordan Spieth celebrates making a birdie in a playoff on the18th hole to win the Australian Open at Royal Sydney. PAUL MILLER

Spieth hoping Down Under form continues

GOLF: Jordan Spieth is hoping to build on his Australian Open win when he begins his 2017 PGA Tour campaign in Hawaii today.

Spieth, the reigning champion at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua's Plantation course, took out his second title Down Under at Royal Sydney in November, winning a sudden-death playoff from Australians Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.

Although the win came six weeks ago, the world No.5 said it was important to carry that momentum into the new season.

"Any time you have a recent win you think about that, even if it's a month-and-a-half, six weeks apart,” the 23-year-old said.

"It's still a confidence boost. The way we played that sudden-death hole, I'll take it into this season and try and get in the winner's circle as quickly as possible and feed off that.

"Oz was great to us - it always has been. And this week's been a good week for us, too. The confidence is running high.”

Spieth said it was too soon to say whether he would return to Australia to defend his crown when the tournament returns to The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, the site of his win in 2014.

"(I'll) certainly look into it (returning); I don't know what I'm doing past February, honestly,” the Texan said.

"I enjoy playing Royal Sydney - really anywhere down there. I like the courses in Melbourne, too - great golf on the sandbelt.

"We love going to Oz and we normally look at that (trip) more April, May area on those decisions for the end of the year.”

Spieth shot 30-under to win by a distance in Hawaii last year but he will have his work cut out defending his title with a field including major winners Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.



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