Spieth set to tie the knot with long-time partner
American star Jordan Spieth says he ready for anything in 2018.
He’s ready for success, ready for failure – and everything in between. But best of all, he is ready for marriage.
That’s because the popular Texan has proposed to long-time girlfriend Annie Verrett during the holiday season.
And he must have been ready for that too, because Spieth suggested he felt much more nervous chasing his first British Open win last July then he did going down on one knee to propose to the love of his life.
“I was probably most nervous at the British,” said Spieth.
“I was pretty confident this past winter. But yeah, it was a good off-season.”
“I forget how I felt the back nine of Chambers Bay (where he won the 2015 U.S. Open) but the British is still fresh…and the engagement is still fresh.”
“I’ll probably, at some point, end up forgetting (nerves) at the British, but I won’t probably forget the engagement.”
Spieth almost delayed the proposal as he had been battling illness and considered postponing popping the question.
“Fortunately I had a back-up plan,” he grinned. “But I woke up and felt good that day and went through with it.”
“My brother, Steven, who was playing basketball overseas, was home for the holidays, and Annie’s sister was in town too.”
“So we had our families there afterward, and it was a great night.”
In his press conference prior to the Sentry Tournament in Hawaii last week, Spieth looked back on his Royal Birkdale triumph declaring victory did ‘wonders’ for his golfing stature.
“The Open Championship just did wonders for me, individually, not only my view of myself but being the man in the arena,” he said.
“I’m the one out there putting it on the line every week.”
“I’m going to fail and learn, I’m going to succeed. But I’m the one in the arena.”
“In general, there are going to be critics and people who disagree with the way you do things but I think I’m in a great place starting 2018.”
With three major victories and a couple of other close calls under his belt, Spieth knows he will face stiff competition in 2018 from fellow 20-somethings like compatriot Justin Thomas, the defending champion at Kapalua.
“The unknowns are very exciting right now with the amount of depth and talent at a younger age, mixed with guys in their 30s, number one in the world DJ (Dustin Johnson),” Spieth said.
“Obviously the major question, what’s it going to be like with Tiger coming back,” he added in reference to 14-times major champion Woods, who hopes to play a full schedule after a back fusion operation last April.
“It’s a pretty special time to be a part of professional golf.”