Jordan Spieth is the No 1 pro golfer in the world today. But he was in a mood to thrill onlookers with more than just his game during the final round of the Indian River Grapefruit Pro-Am on Sunday. Spieth wowed spectators with a “Happy Gilmore” shot and subsequently got social media buzzing.
It seemed like Spieth, like every amateur and perhaps pro golfer in the world, has had some practice with the iconic wild shot made popular by actor Adam Sandler in the popular 1996 movie.
Jake Owen, popular country music signer, captured the footage of the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champ starting that particular round with a Happy Gilmore shot. Incidentally, Owen was Spieth’s playing partner during the golf tournament.
On Sunday, Jordan Spieth had more than 1,500 fans clapping at the Beach Country Club from his opening shot, a Happy Gilmore-like drive on the 10th hole. “It was really cool holing that shot,” the world’s No 1 ranked golfer said later. “There were more people cheering for that than my whole morning at the Bahamas (where he played in last week’s Hero World Challenge),” added Spieth.
“We are just putting on a show,” Spieth acknowledged, embracing his entertainer side.
Jordan Spieth credited Jake Owen, a close friend, for the unique drive. “Jake (Owen) has played in my foundation event the last couple of years and hasn’t taken a dime,” said the 22-year-old prodigy. “I asked him where could I possibly help him out. Last year he didn’t have anything that worked into my schedule. This year I was coming to play Augusta National this weekend, so I was able to shoot here afterward,” added Spieth.
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) December 14, 2015