At the conclusion of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, 11 players in the field will jump on a plane to Australia for the Presidents Cup. But Jordan Spieth will be heading home.
Sadly, representing the United States isn't the only thing Spieth is missing out on. For the first time since 2013, he's learning what it's like to be left out of the preparation for the event, specifically the Americans' text thread.
"I'm probably out of a lot of group texts," Spieth said, according to Golf.com's Dylan Dethier. "All those guys in Florida play all the time together, so I don't even know - it might all be the same group text.
"But it sucks because there was always good banter on those and I always liked the lead-in and the playing practice rounds together, preparing to be a team representing your country. It's tough."
After struggling in 2019 to find any semblance of the form that helped him climb to the top of the world rankings and collect three major championships, Spieth's run with the red, white, and blue is over. The 26-year-old failed to qualify on points and was not selected by Tiger Woods with one of the four captain's picks.
Spieth will be looking for distractions next week, rather than watching his friends and former teammates take on the International team at Royal Melbourne.
"I'm sure next week will be tough for me at home," he said. "I'll try and honestly just get away while the tournament's going on because you never want to miss those events when you've kind of been a part of them for a number of years."
Perhaps missing out on the team competition is exactly what Spieth needs to refocus and return to his former self.
"When it's being playing without being there, that's when I'll probably be like, 'man, I took it for granted.'"