Jordan Spieth: a rising star grounded in normalcy

Jordan Spieth: a rising star grounded in normalcy
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The green jacket is all Jordan Spieth needs for an identity. He is the Masters champion.

It’s just not going to help him get rid of a nickname he picked up late last year from a few PGA Tour players that goes against the way he was raised and irritates him more than a three-putt bogey.

“It was either Colt Knost or Robert Garrigus … I’m not sure who started with the nickname,” Spieth said Tuesday during a break in his New York media tour. “But it’s not nice what I say to them when they say it to me. I’ve been working on trying to keep it quiet. And this week isn’t going to help.”

It surfaced again even before he teed off in his record-setting win at Augusta National.

Brooks Koepka was talking about a Tuesday practice round in which Spieth could do no wrong. They were walking off the 13th tee when they looked over at James Hahn hitting his tee shot to the par-3 12th. As the ball was in the air, Spieth told his group, “This is going to be a hole-in-one.” And it was. On the 17th, Spieth hit a shot that was an inch from rolling down to the bottom of the green. It stayed up, and he rolled in a 30-footer to close their match. If that wasn’t enough, he has a game with caddie Michael Greller in which they toss a ball on the green toward the cup. Spieth made it on the first try.

Koepka finished the story, smiled and said, “He’s the golden child.”

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