Spieth wants Ryder win, not $13.6m
FORMER world No. 1 Jordan Spieth says he would swop a US$10 million (S$13.6 million) FedExCup payday for victory in the Ryder Cup as golf's biennial battle between the United States and Europe draws ever closer.
Spieth, the 2015 FedExCup champion, said helping the US wrest back the Ryder Cup from Europe would mean more to him than adding another multi-million-dollar cheque to his bank balance.
Said Spieth: "You want something that you don't have.
"And that's a trophy that I've watched the other side of it now, and it hurt," Spieth added.
The US take on Europe next week at Hazeltine National Golf Club, aiming to prevent a fourth consecutive victory for the dominant Europeans in the fiercely competitive three-day team event.
Spieth, 23, made his Ryder Cup debut two years ago when Europe romped to an emphatic 161/2 to 111/2 victory at Gleneagles in Scotland.
The Texan said on Tuesday that determination to avoid a repeat was driving the Americans as they prepared for this year's tussle at Hazeltine.
"It was tough at the closing ceremony. We had a good time that evening, but when we boarded the plane back home, it was an empty feeling," Spieth said of the 2014 defeat.
"We don't want that again."
US skipper Davis Love III has one more captain's pick to confirm, a decision which will be made on Sunday night after the conclusion of the Tour Championship.
World No. 7 Bubba Watson was a surprising omission when he named three of his captain's picks earlier this month, a situation which Spieth admitted was "awkward".
Despite the sympathy for Watson, Spieth said the final place on the US team should go to whoever demonstrates the best form.
"We want whoever's playing the best to be the last pick," he added.