Rookie Spieth fired up for Presidents Cup challenge

Thu Oct 3, 2013 2:06am EDT
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By Simon Evans

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - PGA Tour rookie Jordan Spieth is relishing teaming up with veteran Steve Stricker for the United States in Thursday's opening fourball matches against the Internationals at the 10th Presidents Cup.

Spieth, whose stunning form in his debut season made him an obvious wildcard pick for U.S. captain Fred Couples, was once again the centre of attention on Wednesday after making a hole-in-one at the par-three 12th during team practice.

Traditionally, Spieth would be expected to buy a round of drinks for his playing group but the 20-year-old is not yet old enough to purchase alcohol.

That is probably the only thing that the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year will be unable to deliver on this week - in terms of confidence, talent and composure, he looks to have it all.

"He is a much better player than probably any of us were at 19 or 20 except for Tiger (Woods)," said Couples.

That was a view that Cup veteran Phil Mickelson agreed with.

"His game is so far past where I was at 20 years old, the shots that he hits and the level of consistency he has been playing at week-in, week-out, is really impressive," said the British Open champion.

Spieth is not overwhelmed by such compliments, taking them all in his stride, but if he does find the occasion getting to him at Muirfield Village Golf Club, his 46-year-old playing partner Stricker should be able to put him at ease.   Continued...

U.S. team member Jordan Spieth hits from a sand trap on the 10th hole during the first practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane