FORGET FEDEX $10M, SPIETH WANTS RYDER GLORY
Spieth targets Hazeltine glory
When it comes to individual success or team glory, Jordan Spieth is adamant that he would choose the latter if it means helping the United States win the Ryder Cup.
The world No. 4 will be an integral member of Davis Love III’s team at Hazeltine next week as Team USA attempt to wrestle back the crown after three consecutive defeats.
Last time out Spieth was unable to prevent Europe triumphing on home soil at Gleneagles, a painful memory that the 23-year-old is keen to erase with victory in Minnesota.
But before he can join with his teammates, Spieth will be out to defend his Fedex Cup title. Yet he would happily give up the $10 million bonus for a Ryder Cup victory.
“I don’t have a Ryder Cup. I think I will have a Ryder Cup at some point. I think that will be easier to win, easier to have a Ryder Cup than a FedEx Cup going forward, given you may not play your best and you’ve got teammates around you that play their best and win it,” said the Texan.
“If you’re saying 2016, right now, I’ve got a choice... Ryder Cup. You want something that you don’t have.
“That’s a trophy that I’ve watched the other side of it now, and it hurt. 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. We don’t want that again. We remember that, those of us that were there, and the guys that were there in Medinah [when Europe won in 2012], we want that celebration.
“We want that champagne falling off the balcony like they had wherever, in Valhalla [USA’s last victory, in 2008].
“I think 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, and I love being a part of that.”
While Spieth’s place in the US team is assured, there remains one place still to be filled. And the Texan doesn’t believe it should necessarily go to world No. 7 Bubba Watson.
“In my opinion, we want whoever’s playing the best to be the last pick,” added Spieth. “Bubba didn’t seem like he was entitled to any position. I think he really feels like he needs to do his job this week.”
OUT FOR REVENGE: Spieth hopes to avenge the Ryder Cup loss two years ago at Gleneagles