‘It’s hard to go Saudi to Chicago’: Jordan Spieth enters LIV Golf joke chat

Jordan Spieth hits a shot on Thursday on the 17th hole at Waialae Country Club.

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Jordan Spieth, after a question about RVs, joked about LIV Golf. 

And 2023 hasn’t lost a step on the topic. 

To review, Spieth has mostly stayed about the fray. In early July, his social media channels had shared a note that squelched rumors that he was in discussions with LIV, the upstart, Saudi-backed series that starts its second season next month, and that he backed the PGA Tour, the series he’s played on professionally for over a decade. The next day, after the Scottish Open third round, Spieth repeated himself. And that’s about it. 

But then reporters asked him about his RV, his new transportation for this season. 

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It all started Tuesday, in Spieth’s pre-Sony Open press conference, when he dished on where he would be staying for next month’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, which will be played the same weekend as the Super Bowl. On Thursday, after the Sony first round where Spieth shot a six-under 64, he shared more about the accommodations for him, wife Annie and 1-year-old son Sammy.  

“Just glamping, you know,” Spieth said. “Slumming it. Should be a lot of fun. The reason was kind of to have home on the road. Got the same mattress I have at home, and we’ll leave a lot of Sammy’s stuff on the bus, therefore won’t to have pack a whole lot and can ride on it a lot in between events given the way the West Coast swing — and especially the Florida swing. Should make traveling and getting settled and packing up quite a bit easier.

“Yeah, look forward to it. I’ve already stayed in it once.”

At the CJ Cup last fall?

“That’s right.”

What are the dimensions?

“I don’t know the dimensions,” Spieth told a reporter. “Yeah, and if I did, I don’t think I would tell you. That would be like just giving you a tour of my home, I guess.”

Has he driven it yet?

“I haven’t driven it. I plan on driving it on an open-road stretch at some point when it’s not pulling out of Phoenix and not into L.A., but maybe switch and do like an hour just because it would be fun.”

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Who’s driving it?

“We have a driver, yeah, a guy who has done it for some other guys.”

Was there someone who gave him inspiration to purchase it?

“We tried one, and Harding Park PGA, so we tested it out there. Annie wanted one for a while. I didn’t really want one prior to Sammy, like knowing he would sleep through the night and schedule and all that, because close quarters compared to renting a house.

“So she’s wanted one for a while, and it was just a matter of if the perfect one came at the right time, and it did this last fall.”

What had to be perfect about it?

“Just like one that — I mean, it’s not a minor purchase, so one that we really liked, the style that was not going to require a lot of maintenance, that we had the right driver situation, the right space. The way they’re all built is different, so just needed to be the right rig.”

Spieth, though, was also asked what staying in it was like. 

And he had a LIV connection. 

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“I was by myself there [at the CJ Cup] so I had tons of room, and we didn’t load it up yet,” he said. “We had just got it in. Yeah, it’ll be fun. There’s a number — at one point, I think there was a dozen guys, four of them went to LIV and sold theirs because they don’t really have the whole swings. It’s hard to go Saudi to Chicago in a two-week stretch in an RV.

“I think that had a lot to do with it. But I don’t know.” 

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is probably playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics — his stories, his game or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.