Jordan Spieth is regarded as one of the best golfers in the world and part of that accreditation must go to the University of Texas, where he played college golf as a Longhorn. However, in a recent interview, Spieth revealed that he almost turned down University of Texas in favor of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.
USC holds four memberships to the Riviera golf club in the Pacific Palisades, just 30 minutes outside campus. Speith said that the Trojans offered him one of those memberships for a commitment from the star golfer.
The Riviera golf club is ranked as one of the “Top 20” golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest and has hosted the U.S. Open as well as the PGA Championship multiple times.
At the Northern Trust Open, Speith said, “In all honesty, a huge thing for me USC was I heard that they had four playing memberships at Riviera. So when I came on my visit, I was offered one of the memberships at Riviera for the time you’re at USC, and that’s a pretty awesome perk.”
However, being born in the Lone Star State overruled a membership at a top golf club and Spieth ended up a Longhorn despite it all. Spieth helped the Longhorns win the NCAA Championship in his freshman year at UT and was named the Big 12 player of the year then.
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