Top-ranked Jordan Spieth values the Olympics just as much or more than his elite golf peers, but he also has a sense of humor about the sport’s return to the Games in August.
“You won a gold medal for your country [in golf] in the Olympics, some day you could go ahead and lie and say it was a triathlon or you could say it was whatever and seem like a real athlete,” Spieth joked in Abu Dhabi ahead of a tournament on Wednesday.
Spieth was also asked what athlete he’d like to chat with at the Olympic Village in Rio.
“To name one would be hard,” he said. “I’d like to sit down with [fellow Under Armour athlete] Steph Curry. I’d like to sit down — I mean, you could go through each sport if you wanted to. I’m not sure what it’s going to be like there. I know in the Olympic Village, you can kind of have free game to go wherever, but I know that it’s probably split up significantly based on gender and athletics, your sport. I’m interested to see what it’s like. But if you can come in contact with some of the all-time greats and what they do, I’d love to pick their brain. It can’t hurt at all.”
Spieth, 22, is all but assured to qualify for the first U.S. Olympic golf team in 112 years on the rankings cutoff on July 11.
The other favorites to make the U.S. Olympic team in golf are Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed. Fowler said Tuesday that he valued a major championship and a Ryder Cup over an Olympic gold medal.
The U.S. Olympic team qualifiers will be the top four golfers ranked in the top 15 on July 11.