Jordan Spieth Invites Spelling Bee Champ to Barclays

June 1, 2016
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Scripp’s National Spelling Bee co-champ Jairam Hathwar has a passion for more than just words; he has a passion for golf. 

The seventh-grader told Kelly Ripa on LIVE with Kelly that Jordan Spieth is an inspiration to him. 

“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 … put in the effort and do well.”

Coincidently, that sounds exactly like something Jordan would say. Which leads us to the big reveal. Spieth surprised Jairam on the show with an invitation to Bethpage Black for the Barclays later this summer. 

“If you can putt as well as you can spell, I’m sure we’ll see you out on tour here pretty soon,” Spieth quipped in the video.  

It’s hard to know when the kid looks happpier: when he won the spelling bee, or when he got a message from his idol. 

Watch the video and decide for yourself.