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Globetrotting Spieth planning for busy 2016

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Young golfers should follow Spieth's example (1:33)

SportsCenter anchors Jonathan Coachman and Max Bretos debate Jordan Spieth's worldwide travel schedule and how for the young Texan, it's not just about the paycheck. (1:33)

SINGAPORE -- The benefits of youth have served Jordan Spieth well so far. A bundle of energy with no limits on his ambitions, he's living every golfer's dream, raking in millions of dollars as he jets around the planet in pursuit of new challenges and adventures.

And why wouldn't he? He's just 22, gets paid a king's ransom and is waited on wherever he goes, staying in fancy hotels and sitting in the big seats at the front of every plane.

For a homespun kid wanting to conquer the world, it all sounds a little too good to be true -- and it is, as Spieth has just discovered.

Since winning the Tour Championship in September, the world's No. 1-ranked golfer has been a man on a mission, clocking up a staggering 76,969 estimated miles in the air as he ventures to new and exotic lands while building his global brand.

It seemed like a good idea to start, but after four months of crisscrossing the globe, he's tired, and wants to get home and put his feet up.

"It's been a wild schedule," he said after finishing runner-up at the Singapore Open on Monday, the final leg of his tour de force. "And what I've learned is that I won't bounce back and forth from the States over here as often as I did. It's just tough."

Spieth kicked off his global tour in October when he made a 13,790-mile round trip venture to South Korea to help the U.S. retain the Presidents Cup, then returned to Asia in November to contest the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai. He finished tied for seventh in China, travelling another 14,830 miles.

Later that month, he made an even longer return trek to Sydney, finishing in a share for second as he attempted to defend his Australian Open title. Spieth made one last trip for 2015, a relative hop, skip and jump to the Bahamas for a fourth-place finish in the Hero World Challenge, and he couldn't wait to add to his frequent flier miles in the new year.

In the first week of January, he flew to Hawaii for the Tournament of Champions, romping to an 8-stroke victory with a career-best total of 30 under par, then headed to Abu Dhabi, finishing tied for fifth behind Rickie Fowler in a European Tour event.

Despite starting to feel some of the effects of all his travelling, Spieth boarded another plane to Southeast Asia for the Singapore Open. He finished runner-up, but by his own lofty standards, he didn't play well, struggling with his putter and driving erratically in the stifling humidity.

Too polite to complain publicly, he did his best to keep smiling even when a tropical storm ruined his plans for a quick getaway on Sunday night and forced him to stay until Monday morning just for one putt on his final hole.

He cracked a joke about it being the only perfect round he'd ever had, but played it straight when explaining why he'll never do it again.

"I want to play every tournament as if it's the only tournament I'm playing all year," he said.

"There's a lot of people on the European Tour and the Asian Tour who do this every single year, so for me to sit here and complain is tough. But to bounce back and forth from the States and come over to very, very big events is a challenge, and then to actually compete in each one of them.

"If you're just kind of coasting through the weekend it's one thing, you're stress free, but to play each weekend and have a chance to make a statement is another challenge."

The immediate relief for Spieth is that he will enjoy some downtime in his new mansion in Dallas, which he bought off fellow PGA Tour pro Hunter Mahan. It will only be a short rest with the busiest year in golfing history awaiting him, including the Ryder Cup and the sport's long-awaited return to the Olympics.

As the most in-demand player in the game, Spieth's exact schedule for 2016 remains a closely guarded secret, but he did reveal his short-term plans leading up to his Masters defense at Augusta National in April.

His first two assignments will be in California, at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am next week followed a week later by the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

Then he will head to Florida for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral and the Valspar Championship, where he will be the defending champion. After a one week break, it's back-to-back events in the Lone Star State: the WGC-Dell World Match in Austin, then the Houston Open the week prior to Augusta.

"If I thought I was going to burn out this year, I probably wouldn't play [at all]. I'd certainly never believe that. I'll get enough rest," he said.

"I'm going to familiar places that I don't have to play 36, 54 holes prior to playing these events: Pebble, L.A., Miami, Tampa. These are places I've now played a few years, so I can go ahead and take a bit more rest time."

Spieth wouldn't confirm what he is doing after the Masters, other than to say he was going to take a midseason break because the back end of the year is heavily stacked with big events.

The Players Championship is in mid-May, then the U.S. Open, where he is defending champion, is in mid-June. He will travel to Scotland in July for The Open, then fly back to New Jersey for the PGA Championship. And that's not all.

"I'll have a bigger break in the middle of the season to get ready to really have my game once these compressed majors and the Olympics and the playoffs, Ryder Cup, are all there," he said.

"It'll almost feel like it's a new season to me. We're doing a good job of trying to separate a part of the season to make it almost kind of two halves versus a complete continuation of no rest."