June 21, 2016
Jordan Spieth’s world tour late last year and early this year — five countries on three continents — was a source of some handwringing over whether it was good for his golf, short or long term.
Though no doubt wearisome, it seems a stretch that a fit 22-year-old flying in private jets might do irreparable harm from a whirlwind schedule.
At any rate, he isn’t staying home. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Spieth has committed to playing the Australian Open in November. This year it is returning to the Australian Golf Club, where he won it in 2014 by shooting a 63 in the final round.
Jordan Spieth, holding the trophy after winning the 2014 Australian Open.
“I have really enjoyed my previous visits to Australia and I can’t wait to get back in November,” Spieth said in a statement. “I look back at my win in the 2014 Australian Open with great memories as it helped me build momentum for 2015.
“The Australian Open seems to grow in stature among the world’s players every year. The field is always strong and Royal Sydney should be a great test.”
Spieth acknowledged at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Champions in January that he was “very tired.
“It want be something I will do in the future to bounce back and forth from Asia, which is what we did, or Australia,” he said.