American golfer Jordan Spieth is invoking memories of Tiger Woods in his prime this week as he is simply making a mockery of the field, the course and the game at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Australian Jason Day saw his chances of moving up from number three to world number one quashed at the halfway point of the tournament. Spieth’s nine-under 64 in the second round gave him a four-shot lead as he continues to drain putts, chip in from around the green and otherwise make it appear as though the rules of physics to which mere mortals are subject do not apply to him.

Spieth added a 65 in the third round to go with his opening 66 and second-round 64, so there is no indication that he will leave any oxygen for his gasping fellow contenders.

Day trails by 17 shots. Steven Bowditch of Newcastle is the best-placed Australian in the event, but his quite respectable three-round tally of minus 14 is a distant 10 shots behind.

Someone needs to do something in order to slow the momentum that Spieth carried into the 2016 PGA season from last year. Perhaps Day could infect him with some vertigo, if that affliction is communicable.