Spieth's Champions Dinner plan: Less talking, more listening


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rarely does the host of a party sit quietly and observe. That’s Jordan Spieth’s plan for Tuesday’s Champions Dinner.

Spieth, 22, will be the youngest in the room by nine years. He’s excited to serve Texas barbecue and will get up and say a few words, but other than that, he doesn’t expect to say a peep.

“I’ve had dinner with Phil (Mickelson) many times and he can hold court, so I think that will certainly happen. I know Tiger plans to be there. We’ve got guys, older champions, as well. I ran into Fuzzy (Zoeller) in the champions locker room. He was a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to tonight and it’s going to be a great night.

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“I imagine the chairman (Billy Payne) will maybe ask me to say a few words. I’ll certainly think of something that makes sense, given the timing. But I’ll probably do less talking and more listening.”

Shortly after Spieth won the Masters last year he realized that his caddie Michael Greller thought he was going to be able to attend the dinner. Spieth’s manager had to break the news to the looper.

“He was a bit surprised,” Spieth said.