Jordan Spieth Duels Spelling Bee Champ in Spelling Contest at Bethpage

August 26, 2016
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Jordan Spieth and his number one fan, this year’s Scripps National spelling bee co-champion Jairam Hathwar, battled it out at Bethpage in a spelling and putting contest earlier this week. In June, Spieth invited Hathwar to meet with him at Bethpage after learning that the seventh grader and spelling phenom spoke of Spieth as an inspiration to him.

In the clip below, Spieth and Hathwar take turns spelling words to see where they’ll have to putt from. Predictably, Hathwar is very good at this, out-spelling his idol. Spieth hangs in there though, even taking a respectable stab at triskaidekaphobia, which means “fear of the number 13.”

After Hathwar won the spelling bee earlier this summer, he said Spieth was a role model because of his young age and talent: “He’s only [22] years old and he’s taking on these veterans and showing that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still win.”