Kicking off at the end of March, the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at the newly renovated Austin Country Club marks affable golf assassin Jordan Spieth’s return to the city where he has an impeccable record.
The spring before he started at the University of Texas, Spieth won the individual high school state tournament in Austin for the third consecutive time. “It’s going to be different,” he said to me then of his imminent transition to college golf. “I realize that.” What he didn’t anticipate was that he would tie for first a year later in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin.
Now 22, Spieth has won more than $23 million (and just signed a huge deal with Coca-Cola), having launched his fourth tour after a stunning 2015 season, which saw him capture the Masters, the US Open, and three other titles. No one in the field of 64 brings such dominance to the Dell, which marks the PGA’s first time in Austin since 2009; it will be here for at least the next four years. Considering the former Longhorn’s perfect record in Austin, it’s an auspicious setup. March 23-27