Jordan Spieth Felt Phil Mickelson Snubbed Him for an Autograph

By | March 21, 2018

One of the up and coming golfers of the current era, Jordan Spieth, recently shared a story with Golf Digest that I had to come here and share with you.

You can read the full story right here.  Below, I’ve put the story in my own words.

The Jordan Spieth Autograph Debacle

Many athletes differ on signing autographs for their fans.  You’ll find some, like Arnold Palmer, will go out of the their way to make people happy.  Others, well, not so much.

In a world where one reaction can have an impact on what people think of you, so many people can get rubbed the wrong way if they catch someone on the wrong day.  Phil is notably one of the better guys on tour, and he’ll make sure he signs autographs for people whenever possible.

Jordan Spieth

That said, everyone has their good days, and their bad days.  Sometimes things just don’t work out for people, and time isn’t on their side.  Of course, this has happened to Phil like it’s happened to any other athlete or celebrity out there, and one of the times it happened to none other than legendary golfer Jordan Spieth, a three time major champion himself.

When he was in Austin recently before a WGC match, the phenom golfer was asked if he was ever slighted for a signature growing up.  His answer was classic.

I’m quoting him below:

“There was a time that I was out, I think at the Byron Nelson with my dad and Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III were on the putting green. And i was yelling at them, as I now get annoyed while I’m practicing when I’m getting yelled at, and they were talking and they said, ‘One second.’

“And when they finished, Phil was pulled off in a different direction and Davis came and signed for me. And I thought for the longest time that Phil just blew me off. And Davis was the nicest guy. And Phil, I didn’t care for as much for a little while because of that.”

Rightfully so, Spieth was upset with Lefty, and he didn’t forget it.  When he reflected on that moment, he mentioned that in the back of his mind, as an adult, he knows Phil was probably meeting with a sponsor or attending a mandatory media obligation.

The story came up recently, and when Spieth mentioned it to Phil himself, he said:

“I knew who you were, and I didn’t want to go over there and sign it,” Spieth relayed.

It’ll be an interesting situation if the two of them are paired up again soon!  They play at Augusta National in under two weeks.

7 thoughts on “Jordan Spieth Felt Phil Mickelson Snubbed Him for an Autograph

  1. B. Nolan

    I think Phil is one of the nicest and most professional and skilled golfers of this era. I like Jordan spieth as well. Everyone is allowed an off day occasional. I would love to get in touch with Phil and talk with him personally.I am an elderly lady who has been a fan for more than 20 years. I admire Amy &their beautiful family also.

  2. Ken Pickens

    Phil is exceptionally good at giving autographs, I suspect the real story is that Spieth’s behavior was that of a spoiled child, rude and obnoxious. It simply would not have been fair to reward Spieth with an autograph
    for obnoxious behavior. The time I was fortunate enough to see Phil play the Sawgrass TPC Island Course in Florida. He had extreme demands on his time yet he was extremely gracious and let the crowd know he appreciated their support.

    However there were a few rude people who intentionally made fun of a missed putt or stray ball and tried to get him, other golfer too, out of their zone.

    I do not know if Spieth was highly inconsiderate and displayed bad behavior but for PHIL to remember the incident and recall he did not reward him with an autograph would seem to tell the real story, that Phil is human and had every reason to be upset when he said one second, and showed good judgement in not rewarding bad behavior.

  3. Mariann Jensen

    I think Phil is a big A Hole who thinks he is the best, smartest and bigger than the game. He on national tv ripped two hall of fame golfers, has disrespected the USGA and the ryder cup. His show at Shinnecock is just another example of disrespect for the game of golf and he did it laughing.He took the game and himself to a new low. Jack, Arnie and Tiger would never disrespect the game like that. He also disrespected his playing partner acting like he did. I can’t stand the guy and I wish commenters would stop saying how beloved he is.

  4. Claude James

    Jack was my guy playing, and Phil has been ever since. I think he is one of the classiest players in the game. My “Phil story” comes from the Par 3 tournament at the 2016 Masters. My one time to go to the Masters. Phil finished the 9th hole and signed autographs for virtually every one of the youngsters and others on the way to the carts. Maybe 75 folks. I thought he would not get to me before he ran out of gas and got to the carts. A lady next to me said that she really liked Phil and had named her cat after him. I suggested that she call out to him and say that, maybe he would hear, and being a good guy would come over. He did and we we all had all had a laugh as he was standing in front of the lady and I while signing my Masters flag after her autograph. (the only autograph I really wanted. He said to me “hey after hearing that, how could I not come over here”? What a guy. The autographed flag is hanging in my game room next to my Jack Nicklaus photo of him sitting on the rails at the 18th tee at Pebble.

    1. Admin Post author

      That’s an amazing story, Claude! Thanks for coming by and sharing that.


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