CHASKA, Minn. – Every player at this week’s Ryder Cup has been asked, essentially, the same question – what does the first tee shot on Friday feel like?
For Jordan Spieth that moment was so poignant two years ago at Gleneagles in Scotland, he commissioned a painting of his opening tee shot.
“I have it in my kitchen/living room,” Spieth said. “It's the main piece of artwork that's in my house. I don't have anything around the house of myself up except for that, and it's that special to me.”
Spieth compared the moment to the 18th green at Augusta National when he won the 2015 Masters and when he won last year’s U.S. Open as his most exciting experiences in golf.
He expects a similar feeling on Friday when the 41st matches get underway at Hazeltine National. The buzz caused by nervous energy, anticipation and a raucous crowd two years ago actually caused him to pause before teeing off.
“I remember walking out there and just a ton of people, and trying to decide, it was the 3-wood all day, but do I maybe hit driver because it's a bigger head,” he recalled. “You put the tee in the ground, your hand is shaking, you're trying to get the ball on the tee.
“I hit a great shot, which was what makes me so excited about that painting because it's as nervous as I've ever been and probably the best 3-wood I've ever hit.”