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US Ryder Cup Strength Top For Spieth

Ryder Cup success with a “young, fiery” US team is a top priority in 2016 for world number one Jordan Spieth.

The 22-year-old American will defend two major titles – the Masters and US Open – this year.

But he insisted the biennial team competition was “possibly at the very top of the list” after six US defeats by Europe in the past seven contests.

“We’re tired of hearing about the past,” said Spieth, who believes young players have “less scar tissue”.

“We’re going to go in believing that it’s just a completely clean slate,” he added.

The 2016 Ryder Cup begins on 30 September at Hazeltine, Minnesota, with Europe defending the trophy they retained at Gleneagles two years ago.

The 2014 edition was marked by acrimony in US ranks, as veteran Phil Mickelson publicly questioned the captaincy of Tom Watson  in a press conference.

The fallout from that defeat lead to the establishment of an 11-strong ‘task force’ to examine US Ryder Cup strategy and selection procedure.