Jordan Spieth is excited to have guests this week. He just hopes they won’t regret it when they have to commute during rush hour from TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, to his spot in a different suburb of Dallas.
Spieth, of Texas, is basically royalty this week at hometown AT&T Byron Nelson. But with heroism in his backyard, he also had companionship. The Speths, who welcomed their first child, son Sammy, in November, are hosting Jason Dufner and his girlfriend as well as Justin Thomas, his fiancée, and their dog.
Thomas and Speth also played South Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Monday, which is hosting the PGA Championship next week.
“I’m thinking of a perfect world [Thomas] “He would stay closer to the track, but I think he would have felt very guilty for not staying in our house because we live here,” Speth said on Wednesday. “So that’s kind of, he didn’t say that, but maybe that’s the case, you know, when he’s driving home in rush hour, I think maybe he’s like, ‘Man, you know, well, I think we should go back there . ”
Having roommates during tournament week isn’t new to this group, but it doesn’t often happen in their home. Spieth says Thomas and Spieth stay together for more than half of the championships a season, so this wouldn’t be too different.
“It’s nice to have time at night,” said Speth. “Kindly show it around Dallas a little bit and eat some good food and then we’ll continue next week and do the same.”
Dufner has a 9:18 a.m. tee time on Thursday, and Thomas plays alongside Sam Burns and Tom Hoge at 1:55 p.m. Spieth in the next set, at 2:06 p.m., with Scotty Scheffler and defending champion KH Lee.
Speth joked that he would count on Thomas to help him babysit – “it might tire him out a bit during the week” – but added that he had nothing to say about his guests. Until now.
“I don’t go to their room, so, no, it’s very clean, they are great guests,” said Speth. “I don’t have any complaints yet, but only on Wednesdays, so ask me later in the week.”