Presidents Cup remains on Spieth's mind


LAKE FOREST, Ill. – One week removed from being named to the U.S. Presidents Cup team, Jordan Spieth described the phone call he received from captain Fred Couples as you might expect a typical 20-year-old would.

“Cool phone call, one of the best I’ve ever received,” Spieth said Wednesday following his pro-am round at the BMW Championship. “That was a big goal of mine when I started to realize it might be possible about a month ago, and ever since then (I’ve) been grinding to try to get that call.”

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Spieth’s addition to the American roster for next month’s matches at Muirfield Village is yet another peak in what has been a remarkable rookie campaign for the former Texas standout, who began the season with no status on any major tour. When the call from Couples finally came, though, Spieth remained unsure of the American captain’s final decision until well into the conversation.

“I was actually visiting my girlfriend when I got the call that next night, Tuesday night, and talked to him for a while,” explained Spieth. “He said, ‘So who are your boys on this team that you want to be paired with, because there’s been a lot of interest.’

“I’m like, does that mean I’m on the team? Or who else are you picking, or what’s going on,” he continued. “It was pretty funny, he just kind of went straight to the point.”

Now 10th in the FedEx Cup points race, Spieth is firmly in contention for the season-long prize with two events still to play. While he remains focused on optimizing his position heading into next week’s Tour Championship, he also explained that preparing for next month’s matches is still very much a priority.

“Obviously anybody would say at the beginning of the year that if they could play their best in any tournament outside of a major, or even including the majors, it would be playing for your country,” he added. “So that tournament is on my mind, to play the best golf I’ve ever played.”