Team USA has six Ryder Cup rookies compared to Team Europe’s three, but Jordan Spieth doesn’t see that as a disadvantage; he watches the Ryder Cup on Sky Sports, with Day 1 Foursomes starting at 1pm on Friday
Jordan Spieth believes Team USA have “youth and fire” on their side as they try to win back the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits this week.
Spieth, 28, will play his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup, the longest streak on the American team, but will compete alongside six rookies.
Team Europe, on the other hand, has only three rookies and also has a lot of experience in the Ryder Cup with veterans Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood on the team.
However, Spieth, who first became world number 1 at Whistling Straits in 2015, doesn’t necessarily think Team USA’s inexperience will prove to be a disadvantage.
“I’m pretty excited about the idea that we have the youngsters and the fire with the boys in our locker room.
“I think especially with this team with the amount of Ryder Cup first time players, it’s hard to call the rookies here given the experience they have on the world’s biggest stage in golf, so I don’t really like using that term. for these guys.
“It’s a wave where I was talking about it with Justin [Thomas]. We’ve known everyone on this team since elementary school except Dustin [Johnson] and Tony [Finau]. I mean, it’s pretty special. So you’ve got a camaraderie. It’s more like it. to a very light environment.
“The guys have known each other for a long time … I think you will start to see pairings where the guys are very successful and they will continue for several years given the average age and caliber of the players that are on this team.”
Spieth’s strength so far in the Ryder Cup has been fourball and foursome. He has only lost once in each format and has won five and only lost one of his six four-ball outings.
Asked if he gave any advice to Team USA rookies this week, he said he told them to “embrace” the challenge and the “adrenaline rush” that comes with being on the first tee on Friday.
“I asked some of the assistants and also some of the other players … what it feels like in the middle of a match for them, what you compare it to. Almost everyone said it looks like you are in the running for a big tournament. or a great league every game.
“What I’d say is, one, it’s more the adrenaline rush than the nerves. Like it’s more of an exciting version of what isn’t a nervous version of that, and hug it because you don’t really have that opportunity but once every two years.
“And then two, given that, you learn a lot from this event. You learn what you do well, but then how this tournament propelled me to really good seasons the next few seasons after I played, since you understand kind of experience all – maybe there it takes two or three years if you’re playing really well to have four or five contenders in a major, but you can do it three, four, five times this week.
“Again, it’s more of an adrenaline rush than a jittery feeling, but in my opinion that’s what it’s compared to.”
While some of Team USA’s rookies have experience winning majors or playing in the Olympics, Scottie Scheffler has described himself as “the only real rookie”.
But the 25-year-old is enjoying the opportunity and says he feels like he “belongs” to the team.