THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Last year, Jordan Spieth only got into the U.S. Open due to an 11th hour withdrawal by Brandt Snedeker, then finished in a share of 21st place to claim low amateur honors. He’s hoping for success in a similar situation this week.
Originally in the field at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Snedeker recently withdrew due to a knee injury, allowing Spieth the final spot in the 18-man field.
“I owe him a Christmas present, I think,” Spieth said Tuesday after competing in the tournament’s pro-am.
Last season’s PGA Tour rookie of the year last teed it up a month ago, finishing in 17th place at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China. He’ll now have a chance to get in one final start before the calendar turns over.
“I thought that I was going to have a lot of time off; I've been getting anxious,” he said. “I was very, very excited to get the call that I was in here and needed to get my game ready quickly, because I was a little rusty getting some of it off.”
As for what Spieth would have been doing this week at home in Dallas if he hadn’t gotten into this tournament, well, the 20-year-old’s answer provides some valuable perspective.
“I would have been doing whatever, hanging with my family. My friends are all in finals right now. So it would have just been kind of a work week, working out and practicing.”