Spieth straddles accomplishment, inexperience

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CHASKA, Minn. – Jordan Spieth is one of the U.S. team’s most accomplished players but also the youngest and least experienced, at least in the Ryder Cup. That creates an interesting dynamic in the team room.

“It’s a tough line, sure,” he said Tuesday. “I think that there are times where I can step in from just a little bit of experience, but I am definitely listening to those with a lot more experience. I’m trying to learn a lot more than I am trying to speak and give any kind of wisdom.” 

Besides, the Americans aren’t short on veteran leadership, what with Phil Mickelson (who has played on 11 consecutive Ryder Cup teams) and vice captain Tiger Woods swapping stories and offering advice. Brooks Koepka and Ryan Moore are the only first-timers on the U.S. side.  

Spieth, of course, is used to being one of the most junior members on Tour. At 23, he’s the youngest U.S. team member by three years.

Already in his fourth team competition, Spieth has compiled a 7-5-1 record. 

“I think as a teammate, whoever I’m partnered with, there are times where I can really step in and bring something to the table,” Spieth said. “It’s a bit tricky, I guess.”