The 20-year-old ignited the crowd, not to mention his American teammates, when he hit a “smooth 7-iron” during a practice round early Wednesday at Muirfield Village that bounced once and eventually found the bottom of the cup at the par-3 12th hole.
“They won,” he smiled. “They had two eagles before that . . . in alternate shot.”
The group played two six-hole matches, an alternate-shot match and a best-ball match, and Spieth and Stricker – who will play Ernie Els and Brendon De Jonge in Thursday’s opening session – lost them both.
“They were like 9 or 10 under on (No.) 12. We were like 6 or 7 under. It was impressive,” Spieth said.