Masters champ Spieth to share locker with Palmer
Jordan Spieth was coming back to earth – well, almost.
Then he detoured to Augusta National in Georgia, just to check out, among other things, who he would be sharing a locker with in the Champions Room when he arrived to defend his title in 2016.
2015 Masters champion – Jordan Spieth (Credit: Getty Images)
And it dawned on the 22-year-old what a stellar year he had just experienced when he saw that Masters officials had given him a locker to share with the great man himself, the immortal Arnold Palmer.
Speith was simply on his way to Florida to play golf with country-singer and friend Jake Owen – but he couldn’t help himself and detoured via Augusta, just to check it all out.
It was the first time the Texan had been back there since winning the US Masters in April this year.
So when he arrived to play in a pro-am at Vero Beach Country Club in Florida there was no mistaking where Spieth had been.
He was sporting a navy blue Augusta National members’ hat as well as a blue belt with Augusta National emblazoned across it.
He admitted that going back to Augusta as a member gave him a real buzz.
“I went for the first time and saw my name on the big trophy there,” he said.
“Everyone treats you (nicely), saying ‘Mr. Spieth, you have a tab, anything I can do for you?’ And ‘here’s your new locker room’,” he said.
“I walked up to see who I was with…and I share a locker with Arnold Palmer. So that was a very special moment right there.”
Spieth spent two days at Augusta and had the pleasure of playing golf at the famous course with his father Shawn, for the first time.
“It’s just a special place,” he said.
“It was such a special place for my parents to watch what has happened these last couple of years, and then to be my favourite place in the world, and to share that with my dad, and him to know that, it’s really cool.”
Certainly if he wins another 10 majors, Spieth will not forget 2015…five victories, his first two majors, the FedEx Cup, the Vardon Trophy, being named the PGA Tour Player of the Year, being part of the winning Presidents Cup team. Heck, who could ever forget a year like that?