Jordan Spieth has quietly owned The Plantation Course at Kapalua, the host for this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions, and the world's second-ranked player is excited for what 2018 has to offer.
"I think this year, 2018, the unknowns are very exciting right now," Spieth said Tuesday at his press conference. "I think with the amount of depth and talent at a younger age mixed with the guys in their 30s that are playing No. 1 in the world, D.J., what is he? 32 or something. Some other phenomenal players that you would call maybe in prime, right.
"And then, obviously, the major question, which is, what's it going to be like with Tiger coming back. So I think 2018, these unknowns are extremely exciting starting out and within the next six months it's a pretty special time to be a part of professional golf. I feel that way. I'll just set my goals like we do all the time and try and get out there and accomplish them year after year."
Spieth has finished in the top three in his last three trips to the Tournament of Champions, collecting a victory in 2016.
"It's nice coming back here," Spieth said. "I look at four or five courses in a year where whatever — 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.
"So to start the year out the way that I have, the previous three times, has been a nice springboard to kind of feeling like house money, right? Feeling like you're kind of free rolling as you go in after a strong start in the beginning of the year."
The PGA Tour is expected to go through a major change this year with the return of Tiger Woods. Though Spieth has never competed against Woods in his prime, and has been one of the faces of golf since Woods' injuries, he's excited to have the legend back on Tour.
"I think Tiger's return and the excitement based on how he looked (at the Hero World Challenge) is probably first and foremost, I think realistically I can say based on what it does for ratings, what it does for maybe a non-golfer's interest in golf," Spieth said. "It's got to be at the forefront of the excitement. I can say that, even given what I was mentioning before with a lot of younger players and maybe more of the knowns, if that makes sense.
"You know that there's going to be young talent spread out and excitement because of that and depth. And with Tiger we just don't exactly know what it's going to bring.
"But I think because of the way that the Hero went and 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. So that I would call the forefront of the excitement in golf right now."