LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Count Jordan Spieth among those who were happy to see Phil Mickelson receive a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup.
Since turning pro in late 2012, Spieth has been one of the many young players whom Mickelson has taken under his wing. When asked for his thoughts Tuesday on Mickelson’s controversial selection by captain Jay Haas, Spieth couldn’t hide his excitement.
“I don’t think there’s anybody better in the locker room. He’s unbelievably positive,” he said, before throwing a playful jab at the 45-year-old: “He brings some adrenaline and excitement to these team events that we don’t normally see in people his age. …
“He’s seen it all as far as these team events go, so you just have that ability to trust him, and we like that. So I’m excited.”
While Mickelson is making his 21st consecutive appearance in international team competition, Spieth is making only his third.
It was Mickelson, after all, who helped persuade Fred Couples to burn one of his two picks on Spieth after the then-19-year-old closed with 62 at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Much has changed since then, of course, with Spieth capturing two majors and climbing to No. 1 in the world.
Spieth said he doesn’t know whether his role within the team will change now that he’s the best player. After all, he felt “like a rookie” at both the ’13 Presidents Cup and ’14 Ryder Cup because, well, he was a first-timer.
“I’m not sure yet,” he said of his role. “I’m interested to see.”