Jordan Spieth climbed to the top of the golf world in 2015, becoming only the sixth player to win both the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. Spieth’s younger brother, Steven, is also competing at a very high level in his chosen sport, as a three-year starter on the men’s basketball team at Brown University. Steven, a 6-foot-6 guard who was third on the Bears in scoring and second in rebounding during the 2015-16 campaign, recently talked about his golf game, Jordan’s skills on the court and the impact family has had on their success.
Let’s start with the most important question: Who is better: you at golf, or Jordan at basketball?
That’s a tough one. Honestly, right now, I’d have to say me at golf. The last time I shot around with Jordan, it wasn’t pretty. Since he moved into his new house, he’s got a court downstairs, so he’s been telling me his jumper was getting better, but I don’t know. He’s a pretty good shooter but other than that I don’t know if he can do too much anymore.
My golf game is all right. I broke 80 a couple of times last summer. I don’t play as much as I wish I could up here, but I’ll play more in the spring.
Are you guys still competitive when you do play golf together or when you shoot around together?
We played some 3-on-3, stuff like that, over Christmas, but I’m not trying to start any competition on the golf course. We played 1-on-1 up until probably around eighth grade, and then he started getting serious with golf, and then I think my mom made us stop playing [against one another]. We would go at it pretty good; I don’t think she wanted any injuries. He’ll tell you he won the last matchup that we had; he didn’t want to play again after that (laughs).
How about memories on the golf course together? Was golf something you participated in throughout your childhood?
Definitely. We were up at Brookhaven Country Club almost every day in the summer, growing up, playing golf, swimming, racquetball, tennis, just staying busy. He decided after we got to middle school that he wanted to be out in the 110-degree heat every day playing golf and I chose the air-conditioned gym.
Any memorable stories on the golf course?
The last time I beat Jordan in golf was when my dad and I played a scramble against him a few years ago. Come to think of it, that was the last time I played him competitively. We were tied going to the last hole and we hit a terrible drive and I’m a lefty, so I hit a big sliced 3-wood left. We couldn’t see where the ball was, but I thought it was pretty good based on where the green was. We got up there and it was about 6 feet from the hole and my dad made the putt, so we ended up taking him down that time.