It is remarkable how quickly time can fly and looking back at events six years ago it can seem like just yesterday.
SBK2K17 was the infamous Spring Break trip to The Bahamas of Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Smylie Kaufman.
For some reason, the SBK2K16 and SBK2K17 trips popped into my head the other day. There’s some deeply nostalgic about the clips of those four young professional golfers crushing it in The Bahamas and playing golf in nothing but boardshorts.
They took the trip(s) the week after The Masters to blow off steam and thankfully for everyone, the footage still exists.
There are YouTube videos compiling all of the Instagram clips from SBK2K17 with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth living their best lives. With the start of the 2023 Masters Tournament, today seemed like a great day to revisit those clips and look at where the careers of these golfers went after that trip.
Location: Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, The Bahamas
Crew: Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Smylie Kaufman, and Rickie Fowler
Attire: Shirtless for every round of golf, board shorts/swim shorts required, no shoes
Drinks: Casamigos, Casamigos, and more Casamigos
Highlights: Every. Single. Clip.
Remembering SBK2K17 and What Life Has Been Like For Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth Since
On this 2017 Spring Break trip, only Jordan Spieth had won a Major Championship so far. He’d won The Masters and U.S. Open in 2015 and had finished runner-up at the PGA Championship that year.
Things would change, as Jordan Spieth went on to win The Open Championship in 2017 after this Spring Break trip with the boys. And Justin Thomas would also break out, winning the PGA Championship in 2017 and again in 2022.
Rickie Fowler would finish in solo 2nd at The Masters in 2018 but has yet to break through and win a Major.
What have the SBK2K17 bachelors been up to since?
At the time of SBK2K17, none of these guys were married or had kids yet…
Rickie Fowler had started dating sprinter Allison Stokke in 2017. They’d get engaged in 2018, married in 2019, and had their first child in 2021.
Jordan Spieth got married in 2018 to Annie Veret and now has a child and travels around to PGA Tour events in an RV so he can spend more time with his family.
And Justin Thomas recently got married in 2022 to Jillian Wisniewski. Jordan Spieth was the best man at their wedding and gave the ceremonial best man speech.
Meanwhile, Smylie Kaufman has transitioned from a PGA Tour player to a golf analyst with NBC Sports. Aside from the dip in Rickie Fowler’s career, he’s on the ups now, ranked 55th in the world, Smylie Kaufman is the only member of the SBK2K17 crew that isn’t still crushing it on the PGA Tour.
Justin Thomas is ranked 10th in the world and Jordan Spieth is ranked 16th.
Suffice it to say, there hasn’t been an adult spring break like that blasted out on social media since SBK2K17.
And it’s very possible there won’t ever be another trip like that with young professional athletes living their best lives.