“Matt, I really enjoyed battling with you, buddy,” Spieth said. “Obviously it could have went to either one of us, I got the good breaks today. What a great champion Matt Kuchar is, and what a class act. I took about 20 minutes to play one of my shots today, and Matt took it in stride, smiled and … there’s not many people who would have done that. And it speaks to the man you are, and you set a great example for all of us.”
That Jordan Spieth victory speech should be played for every athlete who competes at a high level. Pure class, grace and humility— Paul Rovnak (@paulrovnak) July 23, 2017
Spieth, who won his third major just four days shy of his 24th birthday, went on joke about his own experience in falling short and how, after he missed being part of a playoff two years ago when Zach Johnson won, he dared to chug from the Claret Jug on the American players’ flight home afterward.
“I was able to drink wine out of it when Zach Johnson won it two years ago and a lot of people told me that was bad luck,” Spieth said Sunday. “I started to believe them a bit through nine holes today.”
Johnson’s caddie, Damon Green, captured the scene in 2015, one that seems destined for a repeat sometime late Sunday night.
“It was … fun. It was interesting,” Johnson told “The Dan Patrick Show” in 2015. “We had a bunch of guys on the plane. Good friends — our sport may be odd. We try to beat others’ heads in, but when it comes down to it we’re going to be the first to applaud and share in the moment.
“[Spieth] was the guy most people probably wanted to have win and I get that too … He’s a better person, a better kid off the golf course. For him to be there on No. 18 after the playoff, it doesn’t really surprise me because I know his character, but it does speak volumes to how he was raised and certainly how he conducts himself and how he puts the game in perspective.”