Jordan Spieth doesn’t like it when adult autograph seekers — many of which will simply take memorabilia with his signature and sell it for profit — get in the way of kids who are hoping to catch the attention of the two-time major winner.
And after a Wednesday practice round ahead of the 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Spieth had a run-in with some of these so-called professional autograph seekers.
When several adult fans prevented some younger fans, who had been watching Spieth play, from connecting with the two-time major winner, the Texan declined to sign for the adults. The adults responded with some vulgar language shouted in Spieth’s direction but well within earshot of the waiting kids.
“I turned around and they, one of them dropped an F-bomb in front of three kids, so I felt the need to turn around and tell them that that wasn’t right,” said Spieth. “And a couple of them were saying, ‘You’re not Tiger Woods; don’t act like you’re Tiger,’ I mean it’s just like, whatever, guys. You’re still trying to benefit off me, and I’m not even Tiger Woods. So, you know, what’s that say about you?”
Spieth, who routinely signs memorabilia not only for kids but also for charitable purposes, later concluded, “I was just a little frustrated at the end and I didn’t appreciate the language that was used and just some scums that just, it just bothered me.”
Spieth said he works with his team — presumably through his agent and his parents — to keep track of the items that he signs which are quickly posted online for sale. It bothers him, like it does many professional athletes, that these signature chasers carry bags of merchandise and have a sense of entitlement that they’ll get these autographs to make a buck.
“I’m not appreciative of people who travel to benefit off other people’s success,” Spieth said. “I enjoy signing and sign for kids whenever we get the chance. … And these guys that 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 to make money off of the stuff that we have been able to do.”