Jordan Spieth has committed to play in next month’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
“I’m really excited to be playing in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open,” Spieth told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“The event has been on my radar for a while, as the course has a great reputation on Tour and I absolutely love the affiliation with the hospital. It’s going to be a really fun week in a great city.”
The three-time major winner will join one of the strongest fields in Shriner’s history, which already includes fellow Ryder Cup teammates Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, Tony Finau and captain Jim Furyk.
Spieth, who has never played in one of the PGA Tour’s fall events – excluding the WGC event in China, is coming off his worst season as a tour pro, where – for the first time in his career, he went winless and failed to reach the Tour Championship.
After missing the Tour Championship, it was noted that Spieth didn’t meet the requisite starts for players, as he planned his schedule around making it to East Lake.
According to a Golf Channel report, the PGA Tour’s rules state: The player “shall be subject to a major penalty,” which is a fine of at least $20,000 or even suspension.
However, at the time, the PGA Tour’s COO, Andy Pazder, said, “I have talked to Jordan and we’ve resolved it. We have come to a resolution.
“I’m not going to be able to share the details of that, [but] I will say the result is something that you will see next season. It’s resolved in a way that’s going to be a win for our tournaments, our fans and golf in general.”
Translation: It appears Spieth’s fine will be a week of golf at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, vying for a purse worth over $6 million. Not a bad penalty.
ht/ Golf Channel