Final Round Preview –Hero World Challenge –Isleworth Golf and Country Club –Windermere, Florida –
Jordan Spieth is riding a two-week hot streak that remains golf fans of Rory McIlory during his last-summer run in 2014.
Spieth, coming off a victory last week at the Australian Open, leads the 18-player Hero World Challenge by seven shots with 18 holes to play. The 21-year-old enters the final round at Isleworth Golf and Country Club near Orlando in total command after shooting a bogey-free 9-under-63 Saturday.
At No.11 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Spieth tees off with Keegan Bradley at 12:45 p.m. local time in the final round. Bradley, working now with the short putter, shot 65 Saturday to enter a spot in the final pairing.
Bradley is T-2 at 13-under with plenty to play for Sunday. He is tied with World No. 1 Henrik Stenson in this all-star field which features world ranking points but is technically an unofficial victory on the PGA Tour.
Patrick Reed is fourth at 11-under – one shot clear of Justin Rose heading into Sunday.
Without the pressure of a close chaser, look for Spieth to cap off back-to-back wins with comfortable triumph and move well inside the Top 10 of the world ranking.
Other Golf news:
- Spieth, who finished T-3 two weeks ago on the Japan Tour, was an 8-to-1 betting selection heading into Florida this week at www.ladbrokes.com. He won the Australian Open as a 10-1 pick last week.
- England’s Danny Willett (18-under) captured his second career European Tour title winning the season-opener at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Willett, 27, fired a bogey-free 66 in the final round and logged just one bogey over the last 55 holes to win by four. Ross Fisher was solo second, while 54-hole leader Luke Donald ended up third.
- Former major champion Padraig Harrington and John Daly won tournaments this weekend. Harrington (16-under) captured the Asian Tour’s BANK BRI Indonesia Open. Daly (15-under) won the Beko Classic on the PGAs of Europe by a shot.
- Woods keeps improving this week shooting 69 in round three. But, his short game is questionable. He has a half-dozen classic chili dips. He is last in the field but has battled back to even-par after opening the week with 77.
- Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida hosts the Franklin Templeton Shootout next week. The event features 12 two-player teams. Americans Matt Kuchar and Harris English won the title in 2013.