Jordan Spieth joins the VR life on the PGA Tour, triumphing after the 6-under first round at the Sony Open in Hawaii

Jordan Spieth joins the VR life on the PGA Tour, triumphing after the 6-under first round at the Sony Open in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Jordan Spieth’s new motorhome is waiting for him on the mainland, but he’s still riding high at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Spieth scored seven birdies Thursday en route to shooting a 6-under-par 64, one of the lowest of his career at Waialae Country Club, and is tied for the early lead with veteran Chris Kirk, who is winless on the PGA Tour. since 2015.

Now, what’s that about Spieth joining the many Tour pros enjoying the RV life on the road?

“Just glamping, you know. The slums,” she said. “The reason was to have a house on the road. I have the same mattress I have at home, and we’ll be leaving a lot of (son) Sammy’s stuff on the bus… It should make traveling, settling in and packing a little easier.”

Spieth said his wife, Annie, has been pushing them to get an RV ever since they rented one for the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco. Spieth’s inspiration for making it came from the dozen pros, including Jason Day, who recently bought a new one, who in recent years have set up shop in the RV parking lot and grilled together. That number has dwindled somewhat as several of the regulars, including Bubba Watson, left for LIV Golf, the upstart league, and sold their equipment.

“It’s hard to get from Saudi Arabia to Chicago in a two-week stretch in an RV,” Spieth quipped.

Spieth broke in his new wheels at the CJ Cup in South Carolina at Congaree Golf Club, but hasn’t tried them yet. (They hired a driver.)

“I plan to drive it on a stretch of open road at some point when I’m not leaving Phoenix and not heading to Los Angeles, but maybe I’ll switch it up and do about an hour just because it would be fun,” he said. “I’m a dad now. Somebody wants me to honk, I’ll honk.”

Traveling from a glitzy resort to a glitzy tournament destination has its moments, but the journey can wear on golfers. When asked when he last flew economy class, Spieth didn’t have to think long. It was here at Sony 2019 when Spieth exited the tournament on Friday with a missed cut and the former world No. 1 said he felt his game had abandoned him.

“My flight was scheduled for Sunday, I didn’t want to wait and there was a seat available,” Spieth recalled. “I was angry because I was playing very badly. He didn’t know how to solve it and he missed the cut. I didn’t care where he was. I feel bad for the people around me.”

On Thursday, Spieth drove a wedge inside 2 feet at the No. 5 and drained a 27-foot birdie putt at the No. 7. He earned more than three strokes to the course on the greens.

“I decided to fully trust the things I’ve been trying to work on my shot from the get-go, and seeing them come in was a nice confidence boost and led to a good pitching day,” he said.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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