Spieth excited by Tiger return

03 January 2018 20:37:01 GMTPlus11

As the PGA Tour kicks off 2018 with the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, Jordan Spieth is anticipating an intriguing comeback of Tiger Woods.

"I think Tiger's return and the excitement based on how he looked (in the Hero World Challenge) is probably first and foremost in the game this year," he said ahead of the first round at the Plantation Course in Kapalua.

"Based on what he does for ratings, and what he does for a non-golfer's interest in golf, it's got to be at the forefront of the excitement.

"The unknowns are very exciting right now. The depth and talent of players at a younger age, mixed some phenomenal players who you would call in their prime, and with Tiger we just don't exactly know what it's going to bring.

"The confidence that he's talking with, the place that he's at in life right now, I think he's in the best position he's been in in a few years to come back and be a regular out here competing."

If the world No. 2 is thrilled about the prospects for the year, he is also stimulated by this week's challenge.

"It's nice coming back here," Spieth said of a tournament he has finished first, second and third at in his only three appearances.

"I look at four or five courses in a year where, for whatever reason, I seem to have success, whether I'm playing great or feel like I'm kind of just kind of getting through it and this is one of those places."

Newly engaged to his high school girlfriend Annie Verret, the 24-year-old said he shares something with Woods: "I'm just in a fantastic place compared to where I was last year. Starting 2018, I'm ready for anything: failure, for success, and everything in between."

Spieth is 6.00 to win the tournament outright and 5.00 to finish the week as Top American.

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