HONOLULU – It’s well documented that Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are longtime friends, but on Monday Spieth opted for a bit more of a neutral site to watch the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Instead, Spieth ventured to a Honolulu area sports bar to watch with a group of fellow PGA Tour players, including avid Georgia fans Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman.
Spieth explained that although he was with a group of Bulldog fans, he situated himself at a table he described as “neutral” to watch Alabama win in overtime (Thomas watched the game with fellow Alabama alum Tom Lovelady).
“I had no skin in the game, I was hoping for something like last year and that’s what we got,” Spieth said. “The crew that we were around that wasn’t exactly the result they were going for, but for somebody who just wanted a good game, at halftime I was a little disappointed, and it was a pretty big move by [Alabama coach Nick Saban] to throw in the true freshman and sling it around the second half.”
Spieth, who played college golf at Texas and is a Longhorns fan, said that despite the outcome, the best part was watching the National Championship from five time zones away.
“It’s awesome being in Hawaii for the games because after the game you go to dinner,” he laughed. “You can still go to bed early, it was nice.”