ATLANTA – Jordan Spieth and several members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team spent Sunday and Monday at Hazeltine National preparing for next week’s matches.
They were joined by a few of the front-runners for the final captain’s pick, which will be announced following the final round of this week’s Tour Championship.
Spieth said he played on Sunday with Jimmy Walker and was joined by captain Davis Love III and vice captain Steve Stricker on the back nine.
On Monday, Spieth played with Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Bubba Watson, the three leading contenders for the final spot on the U.S. team. Brooks Koepka, one of the eight automatic qualifiers, also played with Spieth on Monday.
“We joked around that Davis was letting me and Brooks make the pick at the end of the round,” Spieth laughed. “You could see how badly each of them wanted to be there.”
Spieth said his five-some played a game of “wolf,” with Bubba Watson going solo on the final hole, a 432-yard par 4.
“I was the only one who wasn't inside [Watson’s] putt for birdie, the three other guys were. So he was at an extreme disadvantage, and he banged it in the back of the hole, won the hole. The next three missed, and he took home the money,” Spieth said. “He was screaming about it on the 18th green.”
Spieth also said that vice captain Tiger Woods called during a team dinner and spoke to the group on speakerphone.
“Tiger's all in. He is putting a lot of work into this too,” he said.