Jordan Spieth, fresh from winning the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award, may have to fight potential Presidents Cup playing partners off with Adam Scott’s broomstick.
The 20-year-old new kid on the block, who began the year without a Tour card and ended it by winning the votes of his peers for RoY and becoming the youngest American to make it into the biennial matches against the Internationals, has a slew of suitors who want to tee it up with him this week at Muirfield Village.
"Who doesn't want to play with him?" Steve Stricker asked reporters after tying Spieth for second place behind winner Henrik Stenson at East Lake. "I think everybody on our team wants to play with him."
For sure, Player of the Year candidate Phil Mickelson would like in on that action.
"Whoever plays with Jordan has got a real treat because he can make a lot of birdies," said Mickelson, the reigning British Open champion who reportedly lost some serious coin to the 20-year-old during one of Lefty’s famous teaching lessons/practice rounds with his new protege prior to the Tour Championship. "He's exciting to play with."
Spieth may be a newbie in the Presidents Cup locker room but he plays with the confidence and panache of a long-time pro. He won the John Deere Classic in July when he was 19, closed out the FedExCup finale with a 6-under 64, and finished his tour debut seventh in FEC points, which was the highest ranking by any rookie in the seven-year history of the playoff series.
"I'm really looking forward to next week," Spieth, referring to playing as a wild-card pick of U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples, said Friday after accepting RoY honors. "I think, the greatest honor you can have in golf is to be part of a Presidents or Ryder Cup team."
World Ranking: 21
Qualified: Captain's pick No. 2 of 2
Presidents Cup Match Play Record: This is his debut.