Jordan Spieth was a PGA TOUR rookie and had to rely on a Captain’s Pick at the last Presidents Cup. Two years on, Spieth arrives in South Korea as the greatest golfer in the world, riding the wave of one of the best seasons in modern-day sport.
How things change in two years
With Tiger Woods gone, Spieth’s position in the locker room has gone from disciple to God since the 2013 Matches. While he is a decade younger than most of his teammates, Spieth’s talent and maturity make him the leader of Team USA, just like Tiger Woods was when he played in the 1997 Ryder Cup as a 21-year old.
“I’m interested to see this year because we’re going somewhere unique, and I feel like I’m in a different position obviously on the team standings than I was on the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup before,” said Spieth.
While Spieth is adjusting to his new role, so is the International Team’s top player, Jason Day. Like Spieth, Day is now a major champion and knows what it’s like to be world number one (albeit for a week). Although Day is still a youngster, he will without question be the team leader in the International Team’s dressing room. He didn’t seem so sure however:
“I’m slowly but surely starting to become more of a veteran kind of, I guess,” Day remarked. “But I’m looking more towards Adam Scott. He’s kind of our veteran.”
Adam Scott might be the most experienced player on the team, but he is coming off a dreadful season that has seen him topple down the world rankings. This year’s matches will be fascinating, but one thing is for sure… this is the kids time to rule.