FORT WORTH, Texas – After a season of winning nearly everything in sight, Jordan Spieth has spent more time this year than he would have preferred saying goodbye to trophies.
Spieth notably had to return his Masters green jacket, leaving it on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club before slipping one on Danny Willett’s shoulders, to add salt to the wound.
Next on his list to return was the U.S. Open trophy. While the tournament is three weeks away, Spieth explained that he checked that box off before this week’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
“I already had to give it back, so I already went through that process, so that’s good. It’s over with,” Spieth said. “I went through it maybe Saturday of last week, I think. … Yeah, I had to give it back.”
Spieth won in dramatic fashion last year at Chambers Bay, emerging with a one-shot victory after Dustin Johnson three-putted the final green. Next month at Oakmont, he’ll look to become the first player to successfully defend a U.S. Open title since Curtis Strange went back-to-back in 1988-89.
It’s a tall task, to be sure, but the long odds don’t dissuade the reigning champ.
“I had a last few moments with it and said, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll be back here,’” he said. “Yeah, took one last drink out of it, and then we cleaned it up and sent it back.”
When asked after his press conference what Spieth’s beverage of choice was for his final sip out of the trophy, he paused before flashing a wry grin.
“Water,” he said.