Jordan Spieth plays down Tiger Woods comparison


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Jordan Spieth has played down comparisons between himself and Tiger Woods, as he secured a comfortable eight-shot victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

The world number one was in imperious form throughout the tournament in Hawaii, with his overall score of 30-under-par seeing him miss out on equalling Ernie Els’ PGA Tour record by just one stroke.

The 22-year-old has now won seven titles on the PGA Tour and six victories in his last 21 starts have led to obvious comparisons between himself and 14-time major winner Woods.

The youngster took just a month longer than Woods to claim his seventh title on the tour, but he insists any comparisons with the former world number one are premature.

He told reporters: “I am nowhere near, I don’t think there’s any reason to compare. It is awfully early. I’m very excited with where I am at as a start to my career.”

Spieth has actually won more major titles than Woods had done at the same stage in his career, but the Texas native insists he is unlikely to emulate his compatriot’s achievements in the sport.

He said: “What Tiger has done I can’t imagine ever being done again, but it’s very nice to be in that company. Any time that you can get into the company of him and other great players, it’s a goal I’ve had since I was a little kid.”

The two-time major winner will be hoping to add to his list of honours during 2016, and he is available at 7.00 to defend the Masters crown he won 12 months ago, with the tournament due to get under way at the Augusta National Golf Club in April.

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