Jordan Spieth has confirmed he and good friend Justin Thomas have purchased shares in 49ers Enterprises, who are about to take over Championship side Leeds United.
Spieth also revealed Rickie Fowler, who was originally mentioned as part of the group involved, had pulled out of the investment due to the Yorkshire side’s relegation from England’s top flight.
49ers Enterprises are the investment arm of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the most successful teams in NFL history. Subject to checks by the English Football League, the group will take full control of Leeds United from Andrea Radrizzani.
The trio were pictured on Centre Court at Wimbledon earlier this week, ahead of this week’s Genesis Scottish Open.
Speaking with Sky Sports News at the Renaissance Club on Wednesday, Spieth said: “Relegation [from the Premier League] wasn’t ideal, but we got involved with the 49ers Group about purchasing a larger share and getting in with them doing things so successfully as they do everywhere they’ve touched.
“We thought it would be a cool opportunity. It’s a big city, historic club, great venue in Elland Road, and once we looked into it, we realised it could be really exciting.
“They [the 49ers Group] renegotiated after relegation, and it was possibly a better deal – as long as they can get promoted [back to the Premier League] soon.
“I’m excited to have a team I’m emotionally invested in. I’ve watched the Premier League intently for a few years. Hopefully, we’ll be back very soon.”
Asked whether the deal was over the line or not, the three-time major champion said: “It’s done. Myself and Justin [Thomas] with a minority stake. The 49ers beat my Cowboys every year, so if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”
Spieth, Thomas and Fowler will all be in action at the Renaissance Club this week, with the Genesis Scottish Open beginning on Thursday morning.
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