“I don’t turn it up or down,” Jordan Spieth explains strategy on dealing with ‘drunk’ Ryder Cup fans as 3x major champion gets ready for HOSTILE crowd reception

Jordan Spieth recently explained how he deals with hostile crowds at golf tournaments while gearing up to face a similar environment at Marco Simone Golf Course at the weekend.


“I don’t turn it up or down,” Jordan Spieth explains strategy on dealing with ‘drunk’ Ryder Cup fans as 3x major champion gets ready for HOSTILE crowd reception

Jordan Spieth (Pic Credit: AP)

The 2023 Ryder Cup is now mere days away. As the countdown rapidly goes on, the fans can barely contain their excitement. This year the tournament will be held at the Marco Simone Golf Course in Rome, Italy. The event is famous for attracting a passionate home crowd and Jordan Spieth, one of Team USA members knows that. He has now explained his perfect strategy to keep focus and not get distracted.

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After winning the previous tournament by a score of 19-9, the USA team is bound to face some hostile crowd reaction from the fans in Italy. On previous occasions, fans have occasionally chirped in, thrown in insults, and even used some unethical words. Spieth though is ready for the challenge and recalled a moment he shared with LIV Golfer Patrick Reed in the past.

Spieth was partnered with Reed during the 2016 Ryder Cup. The duo were able to see off Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. While Reed is no longer a part of Team USA as he failed to qualify, Spieth has kept his memory alive for the tournament.

I played a lot of matches with Patrick Reed, when he felt insulted, he turned the notch up,” Spieth said. However, the three-time major champion later claimed he has a different approach toward the harsh crowd. “When I feel insulted, I don’t turn it up or down. I’m just like, O.K. they are drunk, move on.

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Jordan Spieth expressed empathy toward hostile crowds

Heckling in sports is a very common issue. On multiple occasions, reports of severe heckling to distract players have been reported. This has become a part of golf in recent years gone by as fans try their best to help their favorite stars win by distracting their rival. Jordan Spieth has now expressed his empathy towards this type of hostile reception and claimed even he used to do it.

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth (Pic Credit: Tennis World)

I’ve also shouted plenty of things at sporting events at people that I have no reason to do, so I also try to say, pot and kettle, and recognize that it’s all just sport and move on,” he claimed. The 30-year-old later explained that everyone though has a different approach and it is important to keep focus.

It has so far been a beautiful week for Spieth. He and his wife Annie, recently welcomed their second child in the form of a baby girl Sophie. He would be hoping this lady’s luck could help him over the three-day tournament from Friday. A strong performance on the greens accompanied by back-to-back Ryder Cup wins could turn this week into an incredible lifelong memory for Spieth and his family.

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