- Spieth makes bold claim ahead of match getting underway
- Says Love III has told US team they are ‘the best team in the world’
- Meanwhile, Love backtracks on earlier, similar comments
Speaking to the media at Hazeltine yesterday, the world No.4 revealed just how high confidence is in the American camp that they can snap a three-match losing streak in the biennial contest with a win in Minnesota this coming weekend.
“Captain [Davis Love III] has told us, as anybody should tell their team, that he believes that we’re the best team in the world – and we believe that, as well,” said Spieth.
He added: “Honestly, I think we’re just tired of being told that we haven’t won in a while. Everybody has to take part and do their job in order to have the Cup at the end. We want this one; we’re over here. It’s going to be really cool having a home crowd. I only know that from my first Presidents Cup experience, so this should be a different animal when we get on the first tee on Friday, and I’m really excited about that.”
Jordan Spieth’s ‘best team in the world’ claim is slightly at odds with Love’s clarification of comments attributed to him earlier in the week that his American side this year is ‘the best golf team maybe ever assembled’.
The US skipper made the bold statement on a radio show in the US but insisted that it was taken out of context.
Go out there and have some fun, play your game, don’t get in your own way.
“The question [asked of me] wasn’t, ‘How do you rank this team in history?’” said Love. “It was, ‘What are you going to tell your team to fire them up?’ So, I would still tell them the same thing, you’re a great team, let’s go out there and have some fun, play your game, don’t get in your own way.
“I think we try too hard to be better than we are or to do something extraordinary, and I think we get in our own way doing that sometimes. We just need to understand that we’re a really good golf team, they are a really good golf team. If we just go play our game, the results will take care of themselves.
“It’s just unfortunate that, in that nice conversation, it got misconstrued.”
Not just by all those who heard the comment on the radio but, it would seem, by one of Love’s main men, too.