Jordan Spieth has routinely brushed aside comparisons to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and other giants of the sport. But while the three-time major winner's play is making a case to be echoed amongst those greats, Spieth is following their lead in another arena: course design.
The Spieth Lower 40 is a par-3 course set to be unveiled this month at the University of Texas Golf Club. The track is a response to the golf team's desire for a short-game facility, and Spieth -- who led the Longhorns to a 2012 NCAA Championship victory at Riviera -- had a hand in bringing this wish to reality, helping architect Roy Bechtol with the layout.
“We’re thrilled about it. Jordan has gotten actively involved as a donor and enhanced the project with Roy,” UT men's coach John Fields said to the Austin-American Statesmen this spring. “It’s the next step in our growth to have a facility like that to attract the best players in the country.”
The course will be six holes, and will commemorate the school's 2012 triumph with a replica of Riviera's unique sixth hole.