“I can’t remember the last time I watched golf. I can’t stand it. Unless one of my friends has a chance to win, then I like watching it. I watched Jason win the PGA, but it was on mute. It’s always on mute, and I have some other game on another TV.” Tiger Woods reveals he’s not a keen golf spectator
“The more you look at Tiger, you look at Phil, you start realising how far away you are from the best players to ever play the game. And if you look at that, it keeps your head small.” The ever-humble Jordan Spieth
“It’s a sad day for Ireland. He was a character, much loved, and I’ll miss the fun. He was a big part of Ryder Cup history and folklore as we know. He showed me how to have fun, that’s the thing I’ll remember most about Christy.” Paul McGinley speaking at the funeral of fellow Irish golfer Christy O’Connor Jnr who died suddenly aged 67 while on holiday in Tenerife
“It’s amazing what kind of an attitude and mind set they have. I think it definitely brings us all back to the ground and you say ‘hey, you’ve got to be thankful for what you have’ and you’ve just got to be thankful for what they’ve done and still do. I feel they definitely inspired me and I feel like I got more of a plus this morning than they did.” A thoughtful Lydia Ko after running a Tee it Up for the Troops coaching session in the US
Jordan Spieth has signed a deal with Coca-Cola. No financial details were released but it is thought to be one of the biggest the company has ever made with an athlete. Spieth will appear on everything from television commercials to digital and social media as well as point-ofsale and on packaging for Coca-Cola products as well as its water brand Dasani.
“Coca-Cola has always been associated with iconic sporting events and some of the world’s greatest athletes, so this is an incredibly cool opportunity for me,” Spieth said. “As a brand ambassador, I look forward to growing awareness for the sport of golf globally and engaging with fans in exciting new ways.”
According to those in the know, Spieth joins a very exclusive group. It is rumoured that the deal puts him on the same level as LeBron James (who had his own Sprite flavour), Jennifer Aniston (Smartwater) and Taylor Swift (Diet Coke).
The deal guarantees Spieth a spot on Coca-Cola’s Olympian cans as golf returns to the Games for the first time in 112 years later this year.
With Coca-Cola and AT&T, Spieth now has two of the top 100 companies in the world as sponsors. His other big deals include a 10-year contract with Under Armour, which was signed last year, Titleist, Rolex and NetJets. He also endorses SuperStroke grips.
Magazine Golf Digest recently estimated that Spieth made $53 million on and off the course in 2015, overtaking Tiger Woods at the top for the first time in the 13 years the publication has been keeping track.