Spieth says Ryder Cup win would make 2018 a good year
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) Jordan Spieth went the entire PGA Tour season without a victory, and he was the only American on the Ryder Cup team who failed to reach the Tour Championship.
One week can still make this year feel like a success - by winning the Ryder Cup.
''I think if I came out and played really solid golf this week, I would feel like I accomplished a lot this year,'' Spieth said. ''I would feel like I went to places where I needed to build back up and learn a lot from my own game, and the Ryder Cup is a situation where you're playing almost every hole with the same feel as you get on a major championship Sunday in contention.''
Spieth lost a share of the 54-hole lead at the British Open. He was on the verge of a record comeback at the Masters until he made bogey on the 18th hole for a 64 and settled for third place. Those were the lone highlights.
He struggled with his putting for the first half of the year and never really caught up. He thought his game was rounding into form until he played poorly at the BMW Championship and wound up 31st in the FedEx Cup.
''I just ran out of gas there,'' Spieth said. ''I should have taken more breaks in the playoffs this year, and I went something like 26 or 28 days from before New York through that Saturday afternoon of BMW, at least six-hour days on the course and gym.''
He took a week away from golf and then began slowly working his way back during the Tour Championship.
''I was able to get that rest, look back on the progression that was being made and continue that going forward,'' he said. ''I don't wish that it happened considering it was the end of season. If it was the middle of the season, I would have looked at it like a blessing in disguise. But I certainly wish I was at East Lake, no question. If anything, I will not take that week for granted and work that much harder not to miss it again.''