Jesus, Mary and Holy St Joseph and the wee donkey, Jordan Spieth, or the Yank, as the Bull McCabe would describe him, would love to jet across the Atlantic to play some golf on the “under-rated” Emerald Isle.
Speaking on the No Laying Up podcast, the three-time Major champion, who didn’t even claim to be one-eighth Irish during the entire chat, said, admittedly with a bit of help from host, Chris Solomon, that Ireland would be high on his list of places to play golf.
Asked what’s a tournament anywhere in the world that he’s never played but would love to play, Spieth answered, “Man… I would say, probably one of those European events in Spain (ouch) – that looks like it would be fun to travel to.”
Host ‘Soly’, who’s always had a soft-spot for this neck of the woods having filmed No Laying Up’s Tourist Sauce travel series across some of Ireland’s finest courses, then asked Spieth if he’s played the Scottish or Irish Opens before.
“I’ve not played the Scottish but I’ve played most of the golf courses that they’re on so I didn’t include that, but it did come to mind. The Irish would be a good one,” Spieth said, to which ‘Soly’ suggested it should become a WGC event.
“That would be awesome,” Spieth agreed. “I think Ireland itself, not only from a golf perspective, I think it’s so under-rated.”
And on the same theme – what’s the one golf course Spieth would love to play that he hasn’t yet? Without hesitation, the Texan answered, “[Royal] County Down – right on the same boat – I’ve not played County Down.”
The full chat is available for download on Spotify and other platform now and it’s well worth a listen, with Jordan as open and honest as they come about his fairway struggles and what drove him to recapture his winning form this year. Also, side-note but for all our talk of Rory McIlroy, an in-form Spieth will have the chance to capture the Grand Slam of golf at next week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. He’s yet to play the Ocean Course but he’s liked what he’s heard and read so far so watch this space.