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Jordan Spieth has confirmed he is an investor in the 49ers group taking over Leeds United, but he revealed Rickie Fowler withdrew from the deal following the club’s relegation.

Speaking to Sky Sports News at the Genesis Scottish Open, Spieth announced that, along with fellow major winner Justin Thomas, he will become an investor with a minority stake in the club, pending EFL clearance.

But Spieth and Thomas won’t be joined in the venture by close friend Fowler, who revealed at the US Open last month that he was advancing in talks to get involved with the West Yorkshire club.

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Three-time major champion Spieth explained that Fowler pulled out of the proceedings, with the deal’s structure changing after Leeds’ relegation to the Championship.

“Rickie decided against it after relegation,” Spieth confirmed.

But two of America’s most popular golfer have pressed ahead in a move that will them purchase shares in The 49 Enterprises, the investment arm of the NFL Franchise San Fransisco 49ers that is edging nearer to a full takeover from outgoing owner Andrea Radrizzani.

And Spieth is hugely excited about the opportunity to get involved in such a historic football club.

“Relegation 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,” he said.

“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 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.”

Confirming the deal, he added: “It’s done. Myself and Justin with a minority stake. The 49ers beat my Cowboys every year, so if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”


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