SPIETH WANTS RYDER GLORY OVER FEDEX CUP PAYDAY
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.