Since November, Jordan Spieth has played five tournaments in five different countries. He finished T-7 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. He finished runner-up in his title defense at the Australian Open. He was T-4 in an 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by eight shots.
Then on Sunday, Spieth finished T-5 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, five shots behind eventual winner Rickie Fowler. Not bad for his debut in the tournament, but Spieth ended the week spent and left to reconsider so much jetsetting.
“It won’t be something I’ll do in the future, to bounce back and forth from Asia as much as we did, or Australia,” Spieth said after the tournament. “I’m very tired. As a team we’re beat up mentally and physically. I’m not 100 percent right now. It shows in certain places.”
Spieth shot three rounds of 4-under 68 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the only blip coming in the form of a second-round 73 that spilled over into Saturday because of a fog delay. It would have been a higher tally had his tee shot on the ninth hole on Friday not hit a fan square in the butt to prevent the ball from going into a water hazard.
The Texan didn't have his best game, and he knew it.
“The first day I was here, I was striping it,” Spieth said. “Since then I have been a little weak, and my decision-making has been off.”
However, Spieth's globetrotting run is almost finished. He's en route to Asia again, this time for the inaugural Singapore Open on the Asian Tour.