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Phil: Spieth will be U.S. leader for years to come

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CHASKA, Minn. – Playing just his second Ryder Cup, Jordan Spieth was asked about his role as a leader on the U.S. team.

“It's a tough line, sure,” Spieth said on 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.”

On Wednesday, however, Phil Mickelson pointed out this is actually Spieth’s fourth team event (he’s played two Presidents Cups) and that he needs to start embracing a leadership role.

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“He's going to be the lead guy for the U.S. team for many years to come,” Mickelson said. “He's going to help this team win through his play, but he's also going to help this team be successful through his personality, his ability to get people to buy into what he's saying, to believe in what he's saying.”

Although Spieth is the youngest player on the U.S. team at 23 years old, he is the second-highest ranked American, behind Dustin Johnson, and has a 2-1-1 record in the Ryder Cup.

“He's a very instrumental part of the U.S. team this year, but he's going to be an even bigger part in years to come,” Mickelson said.