Spieth excited for 'young, fiery' U.S. Ryder Cup team


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Predictably, Jordan Spieth’s first trip to play the European Tour’s desert swing brought with it an assortment of questions regarding this year’s Ryder Cup.

For the European press it’s never too early to start talking about this year’s matches and the world No. 1 was more than willing to accommodate.

Asked, for example, if losing in his first turn as a U.S. Ryder Cup player two years ago at Gleneagles was helpful in any way, Spieth’s take was telling: “Not very helpful. I’d rather just win each time,” he smiled.

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Spieth also fueled a narrative that is gaining momentum that the U.S. team is on the verge of a generational turnover with an onslaught of young players looking to take their place on the American side.

“You've got guys like Brooks [Koepka] and Justin [Thomas] and Patrick [Reed], a number of guys who are young, fiery, have good success in different team environments going back to their amateur and junior days,” Spieth said.

“It's a different animal in the Ryder Cup. If we can continue what we've been doing over this past kind of year in young American golf, we're going to go in and get in that team room and be pretty excited about who is next to us.”