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But, since the caddie for PGA Tour pro and Amarillo native Ryan Palmer can hit golf shots with the best of them, Jordan Spieth and Palmer are a team today in the Zurich Classic.
Not only a team, but among the favorites to capture this rare PGA team event.
Back in November, good friends Spieth and Palmer along with their caddies Edmondson and Michael Greller gathered at Trinity Forest in Dallas for a casual round of golf.
Edmondson, who is always adorned in old school Adidas Superstars when he at work for Palmer, had something to say on the first tee that day.
Edmondson piped up and bet Spieth that if he beat Spieth over the 18 holes, the 2015 Masters champion would have to play with Palmer when the Zurich Classic rolled around in April.
For the first time in 36 years, the PGA has included a team format as one of the tour stops, and this is the week.
The twosomes will play alternate shot on Thursday and Saturday and four ball (also known as best ball) on Friday and Sunday. What is normal for the pros about this tournament is that a cut will be made after the second round, with the Top 35 teams (and ties) advancing to play the weekend.
Palmer and Spieth are one of the 88 teams entered in the tournament.
Edmondson is no slouch having played college golf and is a four time club champion at The Colonial, Palmer home course these days in Fort Worth.
beat him. James shot a 71, Jordan shot 72, Palmer said. was going to talk with Jordan, anyway, and we probably would have played together. to the uniqueness of the Palmer Spieth grouping is the fact Palmer,
40, played his college golf at Texas A after graduating from Amarillo High, while Spieth is all about Longhorn pride having played for the University of Texas.
While asking those two groups to get along is normally a chore only serious counseling could hope to accomplish, not to mention the 17 year difference in age, the two are good buds.
met Ryan through our chiropractor Troy Van Biezen and we trained together, Spieth said. I made it on Tour, Ryan was one of the few familiar faces who I knew. I could ask questions and he be more than willing to help me through the ropes. We then started playing practice rounds together. know we are 17 years apart, but we just clicked and play a lot of practice rounds together, Palmer said. mom and Jen (Palmer wife) have talked and she has helped Jen (with her recovery from breast cancer). said Aggie and Longhorn nations should unite over this pairing.
be fun for them I hope, Spieth said of Longhorns and Aggies rooting for the same thing to happen. both respect the passion the other has for their school and we hope we can get back to playing football again soon. hey, while it all about maroon with Palmer and burnt orange with Spieth, they do root for a common team.
a big Cowboys fan like me and we will talk Cowboys, Palmer said. both are good friends with Tony Romo so that helps. face it, while Palmer is an elite PGA Tour golfer who banked more than $21 million in his 14 year career, Spieth is a young superstar of the game and owns a green jacket.
As Palmer puts it, sure his media requests were a few more than mine this week. other words,
Spieth could have pretty much picked any partner he wanted for this week.
But for the next four days Palmer and Spieth along with those other 87 twosomes on tour are just like us around here, playing in the Budweiser Partnership out at Ross Rogers in July, or the Coors Partnership in August out at Comanche Trail.
In this situation, you want a player who has your back. You want somebody you can trust, a friend grinding away with you.
Plus, Palmer is playing terrific after a tough start to the season if you look at making cuts only.
been hitting a good all year, Palmer said. just had to straighten out my putting. And I feel comfortable with my putting now. proof is in Palmer recent results.
Last week on a tough, tough track in San Antonio, Palmer finished tied for sixth at the Valero Texas Open. The week before at The Honda Classic, it was a tie for 11th.
just had to play more rounds, said Palmer, who missed cuts in five of his first seven events this year. worked at making 100 three foot putts in a row without missing, and that given me confidence. I changed my putter three degrees and it really helped.
still love this game and competing. It still my dream job and I been doing it for 14 years. and Spieth each said the Tour pros are thrilled to be playing a team format and think fans should have a good time watching this week unfold.
love the team format, Spieth said. a cool way to engage players, spectators and TV audience. Most of us are huge team sport fans and now we are given an opportunity to embrace a bit of that feeling. has a feeling this might be the winning group.
think so, Palmer said. think we have a chance to win. Sunday rolls around and Team Palmer Spieth are the victors,
we know who deserves the first group hug.