Jordan Spieth wants Ryder Cup more than FedExCup money

<div class="news_article"><p>Former world number one Jordan Spieth says he would swap a $10 million FedEx Cup payday for victory in the Ryder Cup as golf's biennial battle between the United States and Europe draws ever closer.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/601893182" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.498316% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/601893182?et=bXqIOP3GTF9pMnQq0bwebw&viewMoreLink=off&sig=7Om7PFHePemUtQ4zDabulJHI-KT13vSty4R0RsJFm0g=&caption=true" width="594" height="395" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>Spieth, the 2015 FedEx Cup champion, said helping the USA wrest back the Ryder Cup from Europe would mean more to him than adding another multi-million dollar cheque to his bank balance.</p><p>&quot;Right now, if I've got a choice, Ryder Cup,&quot; Spieth told reporters as he prepared for this week's Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the climax of the FedEx Cup playoff series.</p><p>&quot;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,&quot; Spieth added.</p><p>The USA takes 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.</p><p>Spieth, 23, made his Ryder Cup debut two years ago when Europe romped to an emphatic 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 victory at Gleneagles in Scotland.</p><p>The Texan said Tuesday that determination to avoid a repeat was driving the Americans as they prepared for this year's tussle at Hazeltine.</p><p>&quot;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,&quot; Spieth said of the 2014 defeat. &quot;We don't want that again.&quot;</p><p>Spieth is bullish that the American class of 2016 will be able to end Europe's reign in the event.</p><p>&quot;I'm pretty confident about how we're going to go about our business. I think we've got a fantastic team this year, one of the best teams I can remember looking back at,&quot; he said.</p><p>US captain 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 number seven Bubba Watson was a surprising omission when Love named three of his captain's earlier this month, a situation which Spieth admitted was &quot;awkward.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I couldn't imagine being in his position, wondering why at seven in the world,&quot; Spieth said. &quot;So it's an awkward position to be in.&quot;</p><p>Spieth's preparations for the Tour Championship included a round with Watson at Hazeltine earlier this week during a pre-Ryder Cup get together.</p><p>&quot;He didn't seem upset about anything. He didn't seem like he was entitled to any position or any advantage over anybody else,&quot; Spieth said.</p><p>&quot;I think he really feels like he needs to go do his job this week. The more he's questioned about it, the more potential for that to bother him, which I hope he's not pestered with it all week.&quot;</p><p>Despite the sympathy for Watson, Spieth said the final place on the US team should go to whoever demonstrates the best form.</p><p>&quot;We want whoever's playing the best to be the last pick,&quot; he said. &quot;There's, I think, five or six options. It's going to be up to the captains to make that choice, and we're welcoming of whoever that is, obviously, and excited to move forward.&quot;</p></div>