Spi­eth tar­gets Hazel­tine glory

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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.”

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