KAPALUA, HAWAII | And some people thought winning the Open Championship was the highlight of Jordan Spieth’s 2017.
Then he broke the news during the Christmas holiday that he and his longtime girlfriend Annie Verret are engaged. Spieth posted a picture of the two of them together with her sparkling diamond engagement ring featured prominently in the display.
Congrats, Jordan Spieth and Annie Verret! pic.twitter.com/DvVq9ddsEI
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) December 25, 2017
Spieth didn’t offer many details about the engagement on Tuesday during his first media conference of the new year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions – “Just confirmation,” he said with a smile.
With his brother and her sister in town for Christmas, Spieth determined it was the right time for a proposal. He said the plan wasn’t months in the making. The biggest potential roadblock was an unexpected illness.
“I had a decent idea and then I was pretty sick,” Spieth said. “I had to have a backup plan. But I woke up and felt good that day and went through with it.
“We had our families there afterward and it was great night; really excited.”
For a guy accustomed to major moments, Spieth was asked whether he was more nervous winning the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, or asking Verret to marry him.
“I was probably most nervous at the British, yeah,” Spieth said. “I was pretty confident this past winter. So it was a good offseason. It was a fantastic year, 2017 was very memorable.
“I forget kind of how I felt the back nine of the British, or I mean of Chambers. British is still fresh, engagement is still fresh, I’ll probably at some point end up forgetting the British, but I won’t probably forget the engagement.”