Los Angeles - Jordan Spieth launches what he hopes will be a
bounce-back 2019 campaign Thursday when he tees it up in the US PGA Tour's Sony
Open in Hawaii.
The former world number one endured his worst professional
season in 2018, finishing 31st in the US tour's FedExCup points race and
failing to qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time in his six year
Spieth, who married fiancée Annie Verret in November, said
this week's tournament at Waialae Country Club would be a chance to assess just
where his game is given he didn't earn a berth in last week's Tournament of
Champions open only to last season's winners.
Spieth said he decided he "really could come down and
try out the very little work I was able to put in, but at least knock some rust
off and gather some information about where I am at and hopefully make some
adjustments going forward into the season".
Spieth, whose five top-10 finishes in 23 starts last season
were the fewest of his career, admitted it was a frustrating campaign.
"I was certainly frustrated with last season
results-wise compared to previous seasons," he said.
"It was also something I kind of embraced as an
inevitable at some point in the career," added Spieth, whose 11 titles
before the age of 25 included three major championships.
"I almost took ignorance is bliss in a lot of parts of
my game," he said. "I did things well, but I didn't know why. I just
did them. Then they got off, and so I had to figure out why I did them well and
how to train it back."
Although limited practice time as he enjoyed his wedding and
honeymoon mean he isn't sure just what to expect this week, he said he thought
the break did him good.
"I needed some time away from the game after being off
and having to play through it at the end the season," Spieth said.