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Saturday
Nov182017

Why Spieth Is Returning To Australia Again

Jim Tucker talks to Jordan Spieth instructor and Australian Cameron McCormick about why his pupil is returning again to this week's Australian Open golf.

In a nutshell, Spieth has taken to the area as a great place to kick off his season and enjoy the land Down under while pursuing a title with a fantastic history.

“The tournament is not getting a top player on a holiday because we’re talking about a kid who loves golf history.

“With those names, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and others, on the trophy it’s definitely not just another event for Jordan. He doesn’t come here for second.”

McCormick gave an insight into Spieth lapping up Australia away from the spotlight with restaurant visits on Sydney Harbour, tackling a rip at Bondi Beach and slipping away for some bucket list golf.

“I’ve got to say the funniest afternoon on the 2015 trip was Jordan and (caddie) Michael (Greller) bodysurfing at Bondi and being shocked at the extent of the rip when slightly outside the flags,” McCormick said with a chuckle.

McCormick will also be on the bag as regular Spieth looper Michael Greller celebrates a new addition to his life:

Spieth's title defense starts Thursday (Wednesday in the U.S.) at The Australian Golf Club with Golf Channel coverage commencing at 8 pm ET.

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Reader Comments (9)

I remember when he came and played a few Sandbelt gems including Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath in the week leading up to an appearance in Sydney for the Australian Open. Jordan hadn't seen the courses and wanted to - he sure isn't the usual US Tour pro, that's for sure.
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatthewM
He’s there for the cash. No other reason.
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTruther
How is he even going to be able to take the club away without "Michael" being on the bag?
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSun Mountain Man
It's a paid vacation compliments of Australia.

Is third Musketeer Plank there? Wallabies bearing UA on their pouch a tip off.

"He doesn't come here for second." Please tell us who does?

"Lapping up Australia away from the spotlight with restaurant visits on Sydney Harbour." Opposed to dinning where, hotel room service?
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBeyond truth
Has he gotten an Aussie nickname yet? Spiethy doesn't sound right.
I reckon "Jordo" is fair dinkum I reckon
You can’t be great unless you take your game all over the globe. I don’t care if he’s paid or not. He doesn’t need a dime and he’s going.

Good for him.
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon
Won't win, Grellar is not on the bag. Jordan would stuggle without him. I saw that in last year's Australian Open
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterWaz
the fact that you don't even mention the appearance fee is just poor reporting
11.21.2017 | Unregistered Commenterj
Good on Jordan for coming down under to support our game here.

I know he is getting appearance money to do so but it is not like he needs the cash or he couldn't get more in other markets. I believe he genuinely enjoys coming down here and I presume he will take the time to visit some of our other great golf courses.

It is a real shame that the PGA Tour does not recognise the need to grow the game outside of the United States and at least have some sort of off season to enable the game's best players to travel and play elsewhere.
11.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

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