Jordan Spieth did not mince words when a group of autograph seekers heckled him at Pebble Beach on Wednesday. The incident began after Spieth wrapped up his practice round and walked past the group of men without giving them an autograph. He refused to sign and accused them of looking to make money off his signature.
Things escalated when the 2015 U.S. Open champion tried to sign a young boy’s item and one of the hecklers apparently used an “F-bomb in front of three kids,” according to Spieth. He responded by saying, “C’mon, guys, there are children here,” but the obscenities kept coming he said.
Spieth made it clear that he does not appreciate “people who travel to benefit off of other people’s success.” He also said, “I enjoy signing and I sign for kids whenever we get the chance. But these guys have these items that you’ve already seen online.”
The two-time major winner also added:
Our team keeps track of that kind of stuff, and these guys just have bags of stuff to benefit from other people’s success when they didn’t do anything themselves. Go get a job instead of trying make money off of things we’ve been able to do.”
I felt the need to turn around and tell them that wasn’t right. A couple of them were saying, ‘You’re not Tiger Woods, don’t act like you’re Tiger.’ But here he’s still trying to benefit off me and I’m not even Tiger Woods. What does that say about you? So yeah, I get into it here and there. I was just a little frustrated at the end, and I didn’t appreciate the language that was used. It was just some scums that bothered me.”
Spieth, the No. 6 golfer in the world, is currently playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament.