Although he hasn’t played competitive golf in two months, Jordan Spieth has been busy.
He and his wife, Annie, welcome their second child Sophie in September. He also aggravated a wrist injury he dealt with in the spring. And last week, Spieth had another big task put on his plate: PGA Tour Player Director.
The three-time major winner is in Albany, Bahamas, ahead of the 2023 Hero World Challenge for his first stroke-play tournament since the Tour Championship. The time off has given Spieth plenty of time to work on his game. In those spare moments, he figured out what was actually going on with his wrist, and with the news of him replacing Rory McIlroy on the Tour’s policy board, now he has to figure out what’s the best path forward for the PGA Tour.
“I’d been pretty involved since June in a lot of stuff going on and so I didn’t — doesn’t really change a whole lot of what I’ve been involved in other than kind of officially being able to know, be in the know a little bit more,” Spieth said. “And I thought the other player directors and a lot of other players had to pretty much have the confidence for me to kind of be the guy to help be that sixth vote, that majority the board to help see through what the next at least few months looks like.
“And then for me it’s nice because it’s not a full term, which I had said that I wasn’t interested in for the time being given two little ones now and trying to get my game where I want it. But I think that this is a pivotal moment in time for professional golf and the PGA Tour and I felt like I could be of help.”
Spieth said there’s nothing but optimism among the player directors and collectively, they feel they’re going to get something great done for the Tour.
A week after the Ryder Cup, Spieth said he injured his wrist, which forced him to withdraw from his hometown event, the AT&T Byron Nelson, in May, and lingered for nearly two months.
However, he and his doctors were finally able to diagnose the issue.
“It ended up being a nerve thing, which is nice because I wasn’t doing anything either time that I hurt it that should have caused what happened,” Spieth said. “Both MRIs were very similar and shouldn’t have been in the pain and lack of mobility that I had initially after it happened. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense off the MRIs, and so then just did a bunch of tests and some work. Turns out it was my ulnar…