Q: What did you and Team USA learn from winning the Presidents Cup that you will take into consideration for the Ryder Cup?
JT: With the same core group of guys playing in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits and then again at the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow, we all now have the same end goal in mind and know exactly what we are trying to achieve together. We all share the mindset of just doing anything that we can to make that happen. We are very ‘business first’ and serious about getting the job done. We don’t take the opportunity to represent the U.S. team lightly. I also think that with the age group that a lot of us are, we have watched a lot of losses on TV unfortunately for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and I think that we are ready to be on the other side of that.
With the 2023 Ryder Cup taking place in Europe, we are especially motivated to go there and win. That being said, we have had a lot of teams that, according to some, may have been better on paper but at the end of the day, that doesn’t matter. The golf ball doesn’t know who’s ranked higher in the world or won more tournament than others. You just have to go out and execute, hit the shots when you need to and sink the putts. I think that this is a group of guys that understand that and embrace that challenge.
Q: What is it about partnering with Jordan Spieth that makes your pairing so hard to beat?
JT: I don’t know what makes me and Jordan so hard to beat. I think our games complement each other really well. Our respective games are very similar. The distances we hit it, for example, are extremely similar. I think if one person had to choose another person on tour to get a ball up and down around a green, we would probably choose each other. His wedge game is unbelievable. I have a lot of faith in my wedge game so it’s just little things like that. We have a lot of faith in one another and know each other very well having played with and against each other for so long. We know each other’s personalities so well that sometimes I just have to go to the other side of the fairway to let Jordan have a moment or let him and Michael talk, and vice versa. It’s been a lot of fun playing with Jordan, and we hope to create a lot more…