Spieth confident of more team success in Rome next year

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Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas celebrate at Quail Hollow (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth is eyeing up further team success at next year’s Ryder Cup in Rome following the USA’s victory over the International team at the Presidents Cup.

Spieth became the first American to go a perfect 5 and 0 at Quail Hollow since 2011 as the Americans marched to a 17.5 to 12.5 victory over a depleted International team.

Now the three-time Major winner is plotting more success in Rome where the USA will look to end a 30-year winless run on European soil at Marco Simone Country Club in 2023.

Asked about his confidence levels now, a year after Spieth declared supreme belief in his US side following their Ryder Cup romp at Whistling Straits, the 29-year old said:

“The same as it was the Sunday a year ago, if not more, right? It’s a tall task to ask, going over there. I mean, I’ve played in a couple of away games now, and they’re very different. But I mean, I’d take this team over there against anybody in the world.

“I think that winning at home is special in its own way, and there’s nothing that beats it. But going over there on the road and winning would be incredibly special next year, and I really hope I’m a part of the team.

“The kind of team rooms that I’ve mentioned that we’ve had the last few years, it’s going to stay that way, and I’m very confident in our ability to go over there and win. You could tell me the last time it happened over there, but nobody here has any scar tissue. Everybody on this panel would very much embrace what that looks like next year.”

With 11 of the top-17 players in the world bolstering the U.S. team ranks last week, Spieth was asked how the team coped with such overwhelming favouritism en route to their latest win.

“I think that the biggest challenge for us this week was staying within ourselves and not letting the outside noise get to us,” Spieth said. “We saw notes that Captain Love put up all over the place, that we were supposed to win and we’re favourites and all that.

“Everybody focused on their matches. Everybody wanted to be the one setting the pace or the ones, if you were in the back couple matches of the day, the ones that were showing off for the rest of the team on the last couple. We didn’t focus on any of the outside noise of the entire tournament.

“Instead, what was so cool and has been very consistent in the previous few Cups that I’ve been involved in, is everyone’s really good at what they do. Stay to your routine, do what you normally do to prepare for the biggest tournaments, and they did that. Nobody took anything lightly.”

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