Zurich Classic: Jordan Spieth-Ryan Palmer partnership helped along by lost bet

Spieth and Palmer will be partnered together for the Zurich Classic's new team format.

Side bets in golf have played a prominent role Wednesday — just check out Tom Gillis' Twitter page — but Jordan Spieth's story regarding the circumstances leading to his partnership with Ryan Palmer for this week's Zurich Classic is a much lighter tale.

According to golfchannel.com, Spieth, Palmer, Palmer’s caddie James Edmondson, Beau Hossler and Harrison Frazar played last November in Dallas. Apparently, Edmondson made a wager that if he beat Spieth, the two-time major champion would then have to partner with Palmer at the Zurich Classic.

Edmondson, a former college player and four-time club champion at Colonial, shot 71 to upend Spieth.

Spieth said with a smile on his face he "wished" he could remember whether or not he had given Edmondson any strokes during the round.

The new partner format has helped strengthen the Zurich field. Spieth had only played in New Orleans once, missing the cut in 2013.

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Spieth claimed he was going to pick Palmer as his partner anyway, but after the bet, the two Texas natives were forced to work with each other.


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