Spieth grades 2016 season as 'B, B-plus'

NASSAU, Bahamas – Even a multiple-win season isn’t enough to receive high marks when you’re Jordan Spieth.

Spieth tees it up this week at the Hero World Challenge fresh off his playoff victory at the Australian Open, his third individual title of the season. But when asked to grade his 2016 season, Spieth paused and pondered.

“I would say a B, B-plus,” Spieth said. “I wish I was in contention more than once in the majors, so that was a bit of a letdown.”

Spieth’s self-evaluation speaks to just how high he set the bar after a 2015 campaign that featured five wins and a pair of majors. But his current season is nothing to scoff at, with bookend wins at Kapalua and in Sydney along with his victory at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

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But Spieth’s math also reflects a four-win year, as he counts the U.S. victory at Hazeltine among his hardware haul.

“You guys look around, (but) the Ryder Cup was a win,” he said. “Everyone on that team contributed. Everyone did their part and it should count as a win.”

Spieth now hopes to add yet one more trophy before closing out the year, eyeing an Australia-Hero double-dip that he pulled off in 2014 when this event was held at Isleworth.

“In 2014 it was a nice springboard into the new year,” he said. “One that we certainly take seriously, and as hard as it may be being down here to try and work your butt off, that’s something that we want to do this week because we know what it can do for us.”