Jordan Spieth, defending champion at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, soaked in a sight Monday that he’s dreamed of since his days as a junior golfer in Dallas.
Spieth, 23, spotted his name on the Wall of Champions at Colonial Country Club when he took part in the club’s kickoff luncheon. He looks forward to seeing it again during tournament week, May 22-28, and for years to come as he participates in Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop.
Because Spieth, the No. 6 player in the world golf rankings, had not returned to the club since finalizing his three-stroke victory over Harris English at last year’s event, Monday marked his first opportunity to see his name etched in granite beside the first tee.
“I’ve been coming to this tournament since I was 9 or 10 years old and I’ve always looked at the wall. This brings me back to 10 years ago, 15 years ago, when I was in the autograph line” hoping to collect the signature of a Colonial champion. The victory remains Spieth’s lone tour triumph in Texas.
It’s awesome. It’s so unique. It’s kind of a surreal experience. It’s one of those pinch-me moments that I don’t get very often any more. Jordan Spieth
When tour competitors return to Fort Worth in May, Spieth will be the defending champion signing mementos for the next generation for Dallas-Fort Worth golf fans. Spieth, who finished 22nd Sunday at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles, ranks among several notable players planning to compete in Fort Worth.
Also on the list, per tournament officials, are Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Colleyville resident Ryan Palmer, a Colonial member who finished third last year and served as Spieth’s final-round playing partner. Colonial officials held Monday’s luncheon to coincide with the March 1 start of ticket sales to this year’s event. Fans can consult the tournament website for additional details.