Missing LinksJanuary 25, 2016

Jordan Spieth says he's ‘beat up, mentally, physically’ from international travel

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“Jordan Spieth's globe-trotting days are over, at least for the foreseeable future,” this Associated Press story says. “Golf's top-ranked player has been on a worldwide tour over the past three months, playing in South Korea, China, Australia, Bahamas, Hawaii and in Abu Dhabi this week. It doesn't stop there, either -- he's competing in Singapore next week on the Asian Tour before returning to the United States. But Spieth said Sunday that all the travelling has left him ‘beat up, mentally and physically.’”

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The manner in which Rickie Fowler won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship was similar to how he won on three other occasions in the past eight months, Jason Sobel of ESPN writes. “Fowler played the collective back-nines of those four tournaments in a combined 10-under. More impressive? In those 36 holes, he made just two bogeys. Call it the clutch gene or a learned trait, but it's no coincidence. We can safely proclaim that he thrives under pressure.”

Li Haotong of China is only 20, but he is on the fast track to becoming the country’s preeminent player and an Olympian to boot, Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press writes. “Consider the last year. Li played with Bubba Watson in the Volvo China Open and beat the two-time Masters champion by nine shots. Li tied for sixth, three shots behind the winner. Six months later, Li was one shot out of the lead going into the final round of the World Golf Championship in Shanghai and played in the penultimate group with Jordan Spieth. Li got off to a miserable start before the largest gallery, steadied himself and tied for seventh with the world No. 1 player. It was enough to give Li the highest finish ever by a Chinese player in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.”