Jordan Spieth, the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for 2013, has already gotten off to a strong start at the Presidents Cup. Though the competition doesn’t begin until Thursday, Spieth made headlines today by knocking in a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Spieth, only 20 years old, talked to reporters today about how excited he is to represent his country:
I’m so excited to get going, I’m nervous which is a great thing. To hear people chant ‘USA’ gives me the chills. For it to be my first time, I think bringing that kind of new firepower, new emotion may be will help (Reuters).
As for his young age, Spieth’s teammates are astounding at how advanced his game is. Fred Couples said that Spieth is a “much better player than probably any of us were at 19 or 20 except Tiger,” a sentiment echoed by British Open winner Phil Mickelson:
His game is so far past where I was at 20 years old, the shots that he hits and the level of consistency he has been playing at week-in, week-out, is really impressive.
Spieth and the 46-year-old Steve Stricker will compete against South Africa’s Ernie Els and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge on Thursday. If Spieth plays well, hopefully his teammates will take him out to a bar and buy him a celebratory soda pop.