AUSTIN, Texas – As if world No. 1 Jordan Spieth needed any more of an advantage, this week’s venue for the WGC-Dell Match Play is a course where he has plenty of experience.
Spieth figures he played Austin Country Club once or twice a week during the three semesters he spent at the University of Texas. Even during qualifiers it proved a tough challenge for Spieth and the rest of the team, and he expects with high winds and firm greens that par will be a good score.
“It’s a place I’m very familiar with,” he said Tuesday, “and I feel I have an advantage at.”
Spieth said the course will suit “position players” during pool play because of the crosswinds and the narrow landing areas on the front nine.
The 22-year-old helped the Longhorns win the NCAA title in spring 2012. He turned pro later that year, then went on to earn PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors after beginning the year with no status on any major tour.
He has returned to Austin a few times since then, but never in this setting.
“I’m not used to staying in a hotel in Austin,” Spieth said with a laugh. “I used to come back here and stay on my buddies’ couches when I came back.”