SPI­ETH WANTS RY­DER GLORY OVER FEDEX CUP PAY­DAY

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

FOR­MER world No. 1Jor­dan Spi­eth says he would swap a US$10mil­lion FedEx Cup pay­day for vic­tory in the Ry­der Cup as golf’s bi­en­nial bat­tle be­tween the United States and Europe draws ever closer. Spi­eth, the 2015 FedEx Cup cham­pion, said help­ing the USA wrest back the Ry­der Cup from Europe would mean more to him than ad­ding another multi-mil­lion dol­lar cheque to his bank bal­ance. “Right now, if I’ve got a choice, Ry­der Cup,” Spi­eth told re­porters as he pre­pared for this week’s Tour Cham­pi­onship at East Lake Golf Club in At­lanta, the cli­max of the FedEx Cup play­off se­ries. “You want some­thing that you don’t have. And that’s a tro­phy that I’ve watched the other side of it now, and it hurt,” Spi­eth added. The USA takes on Europe next week at Hazel­tine Na­tional Golf Club, aim­ing to pre­vent a fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory for the dom­i­nant Euro­peans in the fiercely com­pet­i­tive three-day team event. Spi­eth, 23, made his Ry­der Cup de­but two years ago when Europe romped to an em­phatic 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 vic­tory at Gle­nea­gles in Scot­land. The Texan said yes­ter­day that de­ter­mi­na­tion to avoid a re­peat was driv­ing the Amer­i­cans as they pre­pared for this year’s tus­sle at Hazel­tine. “It was tough at the clos­ing cer­e­mony. We had a good time that evening, but when we boarded the plane back home, it was an empty feel­ing. I’m pretty con­fi­dent about how we’re go­ing to go about our busi­ness. I think we’ve got a fan­tas­tic team this year, one of the best teams I can re­mem­ber look­ing back at,” he said.

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