World number one Spieth ‘in love’ with Australia

It takes something special to lure an American to miss Thanksgiving in the US.

Yet Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth admits he is champing at the bit to get back to Sydney to defend his Emirates Australian Open title from November 26-29.

Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The popular American still gets a warm and fuzzy feeling when he thinks of last year’s Open and how it launched him on a phenomenal run of form that saw him win two major championships and soar up the world rankings to reach the No 1 spot before being unseated by Rory McIlroy and then Jason Day and then regain it this week at the Tour Championship.

Spieth still rates his final-round 63 at The Australian as probably the finest round of his career, alongside his opening round at this year’s Masters at Augusta.

Now he wants to return to Australia, hopefully early enough to have a bit of a holiday as well, and then, hopefully defend his title.

“I fell in love with Australia, I really did,” said Spieth.

“And Sydney, I look forward to going back, maybe a bit earlier this time and just get to (enjoy) it…I like what I’m doing off the course there, too.”

“It’s a cool golf course (the Australian Golf Club) and a fun tournament to play.”

“But to go there and to have almost a vacation part of it, too, is awesome because…it’s almost just like a very laid-back feeling being there. And I like it.”

It does mean Spieth will miss his traditional Thanksgiving dinner at home in the United States as well as a game by his favourite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys.

“It’s a little un-American because it is during Thanksgiving, and it is frustrating. And I do miss a good Cowboys game at home,” he said.

“But I just loved my time there. It’s a great place to go in the off season – and it’s also summer time.”