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Spieth eyes opening 2016 victory

Final Round Update – PGA Tour – Hyundai Tournament of Champions – Kapalua Resort Plantation Course – Maui, Hawaii –

Jordan Spieth, who won the TOUR Championship to cap off his 2015 campaign, tees off Sunday with a five-shot advantage and an opportunity to kick off his 2016 calendar season with a victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

In a 32-player limited field of tournament champions from 2015, Spieth is 24-under Hyundai_PGA_golfthrough 54 holes shooting 66-64-65 at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii.

The Official World Golf Ranking No. 1 player was runner-up in Maui two seasons ago finishing a shot back of Zach Johnson.

Spieth plays with American Brooks Koepka in the final round.

Koepka, the Waste Management Phoenix Open champion from last February, fired a 10-under-63 Saturday to take solo second through three rounds. Koepka is playing new equipment this season after signing with Nike.PGA TOUR

First-round leader Patrick Reed, the defending champion in Hawaii, sits in third place at 18-under and six back. Fabian Gomez and Brandt Snedeker are T-4 at 15-under, while Jimmy Walker, Kevin Kisner, Stephen Bowditch and Rickie Fowler are inside the Top10 at 14-under.

Spieth opened the week as a 4-to-1 betting favorite at www.golfodds.com.

Koepka (20-1) and Reed (10-1) were among the top contenders. Look for Reed to make a push but fall short of Spieth, who is just playing too well to blow this type of lead. Reed has six straight Top 10 finishes worldwide along with two runner-up efforts.

liveputtOther Golf news:

  • Brandon Stone (14-under) won this maiden European Tour title capturing the BMW South Africa Open at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg. Stone, a 50-1 betting pick to win in South Africa, entered the event ranked 249th in the world after a strong season last year on the Challenge Tour. Retief Goosen and Branden Grace finished T-4.
  • Lydia Ko, Rolex Ranking World No. 1, topped the 2015 Race to the CME Globe standings followed by Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr. The LPGA Tour tees off its 2016 season later this month in the Bahamas at the Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
  • Spieth is one of the leading betting favorites at the Masters. At Silverton Casino, Spieth tops the betting board as a 7-1 selection to repeat his victory at Augusta.
    Jimmy Walker current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Jimmy Walker

    Jimmy Walker current official PGA TOUR headshot
    (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) ***Local Caption*** Jimmy Walker

    Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are also listed as 7-1 picks.

  • The PGA Tour hosts its first full field event of 2016 next week in Oahu for the Sony Open. Walker is the defending champion.