Jordan Spieth: Fan interaction is an obligation

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Jordan Spieth says that the world’s top players have an obligation to interact with fans, especially the younger ones, to set an example for the new players coming out on tour.

“I think there’s an obligation when you’re in the spotlight to present the example that you want to set. I mean you can judge that however you want, but as an example for the younger group and for the sport in general, just try and do it the way that you want to do it,” said Spieth after signing autographs for a group of young fans at Austin Country Club in Texas, venue for this week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play .

Spieth, who’s only 24 but is already in his sixth year on the PGA Tour, added that he and the other tour players were once fans too. “The second you forget that is when you’ve changed and nobody likes that … just remembering where you came from, how you worked your way up and how those kids are going to try to do the same thing, whether it’s in golf or business or whatever it may be.

“They’re out there trying to have fun and just have a personal touch. That’s what golf gives you that other sports don’t – how up close and personal you can get to the athletes and it can be really cool in that sense,” he stressed.

Spieth is drawn in Group 4 of the Dell Match Play with Patrick Reed, Li Haotong and Charl Schwartzel. The three-time Major winner has yet to win a World Golf Championships event.

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