Spieth not worried by USA's dismal away record

Team USA continues to be reminded of the fact it has not won in Europe since 1993, but Jordan Spieth is not worried in the slightest.

Published : Sep 26, 2018 21:13 IST

Jordan Spieth addresses the media at Le Golf National.
Jordan Spieth addresses the media at Le Golf National.

Jordan Spieth addresses the media at Le Golf National.

Jordan Spieth is confident a succession of disappointments on European soil will not hinder the United States team at this week's Ryder Cup.

The USA is generally considered to be favourites at Le Golf National, its squad ranked among the strongest in the history of the event.

However, 25 years have passed since the last American triumph in Europe, meaning the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have repeatedly tasted defeat.

Spieth, who is set to play in his third Ryder Cup after making his debut in a losing cause at Gleneagles four years ago, is nevertheless confident of an away win in France.

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"As far as our team's concerned, there's only a couple of guys [Woods and Mickelson] that have any kind of scar tissue playing on away soil, and those guys have won a combined 120-something times and account for 20 majors [actually 19]," said Spieth.

"I mean, we're not worried about the two older guys on the team that have scar tissue. The rest of us are simply here and looking at this week as an opportunity for us to show that the golfers from the United States can beat the golfers from Europe, and we can do it over here. That's the goal."

"I've won one and lost one. So whether it's here, there, the point is, whoever makes more putts, whoever shoots lower scores typically wins these matches, and our team is extremely solid and have been playing very well."

"So if we stay out of our own way and continue to play the way our team has been playing, we believe that will be good enough and take care of itself, and no other thought is anywhere else."

Le Golf National provides the sternest of tests and Spieth is not anticipating a huge number of birdies over the coming days.

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"I don't think you'll go anywhere else where you'll see as many fist-pump pars as you'll see this week, especially in the afternoon foursomes when the wind picks up," he reasoned. It was windy yesterday [Tuesday] and we were playing best-ball and there weren't that many birdies outside the par fives."

"I don't think there will be as many roars. You'll know when holes are won, you just won't see as many birdie opportunities as we saw at Hazeltine [in 2016] just because if you miss the fairway, you're fighting for par."

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