What We Learned: Spieth belongs on Prez Cup


Each week, GolfChannel.com offers thoughts on 'what we learned' from the world of golf. In this edition, our writers weigh in on Jordan Spieth's chances of making the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

If I’m Fred Couples, Jordan Spieth has convinced me that he should be one of my two Presidents Cup captain’s picks. (Of course, if I’m Fred Couples, I’d never stop admiring my golf swing in the mirror.) You know the story by now: The kid started the year with no status on any tour; he not only earned a PGA Tour card, but became one of the youngest winners ever at the John Deere Classic. On Sunday, he failed to win again, losing in a playoff to Patrick Reed, but he proved worthy of wearing the red, white and blue at Muirfield Village. And yes, I know what that means. It means – as of right now – only being able to take one other player amongst the likes of Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and Billy Horschel. No problem. Right this very moment, I’d take the 20-year-old over any of those elder statesmen. This isn’t even about looking ahead to the future, either. Sure, it would be nice to have Spieth get some team competition experience under his belt early, but this is less about foresight than getting the top 12 players on the roster. If I’m Fred Couples, I put Spieth on the team because he gives me the best chance to win. Period. – Jason Sobel

The PGA Tour is not the “closed shop” it is sometimes made out to be. Exhibit A: Jordan Spieth began the year with no status of any kind, secured his 2013-14 card with consecutive top-10 finishes at the Puerto Rico Open and Tampa Bay Championship, his spot in the playoffs with his victory at the John Deere Classic and probably a spot at East Lake for the Tour Championship with his playoff loss on Sunday at the Wyndham Championship. Not bad for an outsider.  – Rex Hoggard

The women's game has an adorable new character.

England's Charley Hull, 17, showed what a wonderful young player she is with her performance this past week helping the Europeans win the Solheim Cup. More than that, though, she's a delightful new personality to watch grow up in the game. Hull's asking Paula Creamer for an autograph for a friend after drumming Creamer in singles Sunday showed just how unaffected she is by her rising popularity.

So many more people will be following Hull now, and wondering when she'll take her game to the LPGA, and when we'll start seeing her become as much of a factor in majors as she was on the Solheim Cup's pressure-packed stage. – Randall Mell

Paper is flimsy. The U.S. Solheim Cup team had every reason to believe it would leave Colorado Golf Club with the prestigious cup. As overwhelming favorites, the Americans had four rookies, the Europeans had six. Europe had never won in the U.S.. Captain Meg Mallon was beloved by every member of her team. None of that means anything. Europe wanted it more, and played better. The Americans butchered crucial holes 16-18 all week, failed to make one key putt and now will head to Germany in two years without possession of the Solheim Cup for four consecutive years. – Jay Coffin