By Joel Schuchmann, PGA TOUR Staff
SHANGHAI -- The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will be Jordan Spieth's first competitive golf in three weeks. Just don’t call his time off a break.
"I was finishing up buying a house and moving into it," Spieth explained. "It’s exciting. I still have the same roommate. It’s quite a process, ordering stuff, getting everything moved in. We’re not quite there, I don’t even have cable switched over. It will be kind of a man cave, there won’t be a whole lot of artwork, but the electronics will be there.”
Did the reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year have a trophy case built?
“No, but there is a little wall next to my bedroom where I have some pictures from the Walker Cup, The Presidents Cup, a couple flags, I haven’t brought over the John Deere Trophy yet, so still some things to put on the wall," Spieth said.
The former University of Texas All-America also took time to enjoy a resurgent Longhorn football team, currently on a four-game winning streak after a 1-2 start.
“We were on the field for the Texas-Oklahoma game, and I had some friends over with the game being played in Dallas," he said. "It’s great to see we still have a shot at the Big 12 Championship.”
Now turning his attention back to golf, Spieth said the time with his clubs in storage was important.
“It was more about needing time off away from the game considering how busy we were at the end of the season," he said. "It also gave me a chance to start a new offseason workout program that should help me going forward.”
As he reflects on the 2013 season that saw him become the youngest winner on the PGA TOUR since 1931, Spieth called his overall consistency in the second half of the season most memorable to him.
“Not just because of the win (at the John Deere Classic), but between the Wyndham Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs, that was five of six weeks where I was in contention,” he said. “There was not a lull at all. I was able to finish the season extremely strong and make The Presidents Cup team.”
As for his first-ever World Golf Championships start, Spieth said his comfort level was extremely high.
“After playing with many of these guys at The Presidents Cup and throughout the FedExCup Playoffs, I feel like I belong here,” he said. “It just happens my first WGC event is in China. It is the most international field I’ve ever played against, players from China, Thailand, Japan and other countries in addition to the guys we play against on a regular basis.”