Spieth desperate for Ryder Cup
Jordan Spieth revealed he would rather be victorious at the Ryder Cup than win the prestigious FedEx Cup, which concludes this weekend.
The American has been selected in Team USA captained by Davis Love III to take on Europe at Hazeltine at the end of the month.
Spieth is also the reigning FedEx Cup champion, a tough title to earn on the highly competitive PGA circuit.
While the season concludes at the TOUR Championship on Sunday, the two-time major winner has his eye on another trophy altogether.
"I don't have a Ryder Cup," quipped the Texan on the guardian.com.
"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 team-mates around you that play their best and win it.
"But 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 [at Gleneagles in 2014] 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 in 2012. We want that celebration. We want that champagne falling off the balcony. 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."
Spieth played a round at Hazeltine with Ryder Cup hopefuls Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger this week, with the trio are gunning for the final 12th spot in Love’s Ryder Cup team.
Watson – ranked seventh in the world and with two majors under his belt – has the best pedigree, but even that won't guarantee him selection, as Spieth pointed out.
"Bubba, what is he, seven in the world? That's tough right there," added the 23-year-old.
"There's 24 players in the Ryder Cup that go down to, I don't know what the lowest world ranking is. I don't know if anybody’s ever been passed up at that spot. But they all know that, if they come in here and if they can somehow block that out and focus on this tournament, it will help all of them. We want who's hot.
"In my opinion, we want whoever's playing the best to be the last pick. Bubba didn't seem upset about anything. He didn’t seem like he was entitled to any position or any advantage over anybody else. I think he really feels like he needs to do his job this week."
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