Ryder Cup 2016: Jordan Spieth Says that Hazeltine Is ‘Our Next Major’

August 24, 2016

Jordan Spieth told reporters on Wednesday that while he wants to win the FedEx Cup again, what really matters to him is a victory at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

As he prepares to defend his 2015 FedEx Cup title, Spieth has more on his mind than the playoffs. He’s already dreaming about September.

“I’m pretty excited about the FedEx Cup Playoffs obviously, and trying to repeat as the guy standing on the 18th green at East Lake, now the ninth green,” he said. “But if we can build that momentum and carry it over into that Ryder Cup, that’s really our next major in my opinion.”

Spieth also spoke about his experience playing on the 2014 Ryder Cup team, which he believes helped prepare him for his winning 2015. “I felt like each hole I played was a back nine of a major championship hole,” he said, of his time on Team USA two years ago. “It’s played with that much passion, that much intensity. There’s nothing like it in golf. There’s nothing like the Ryder Cup.”

Spieth will be joined on the American team by Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, and Phil Mickelson. The rest of the top 8 automatic qualifiers will be determined by August 28, with captain’s picks to follow.