Jordan Spieth Urges PGA Tour Schedule Adjustment Post Ryder Cup Loss

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Jordan Spieth Urges PGA Tour Schedule Adjustment Post Ryder Cup Loss

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Jordan Spieth Advocates for Revised PGA Tour Schedule Post Ryder Cup Loss

Jordan Spieth contends that aligning the end of the PGA Tour season more closely with the Ryder Cup’s start would greatly benefit the US team. Many of Zach Johnson’s team members, who suffered defeat in Rome, had not played in a competitive tournament after the Tour Championship concluded on August 27—over a month before the Ryder Cup.

Notably, Justin Thomas, who didn’t qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, had even fewer playing opportunities. Max Homa finished fifth, and Justin Thomas finished seventh in the Fortinet Championship two weeks prior to the Ryder Cup. In contrast, all 12 members of Luke Donald’s victorious European side participated in the prestigious BMW Championship at Wentworth on the DP World Tour, with most finishing in the top 10.

Apart from a practice trip to Marco Simone in early September, the American team had little opportunity to come together or compete. Spieth expressed his preference for a Ryder Cup schedule closer to the Tour Championship or with more time for rest and competitive play. He highlighted the European team’s success at the BMW Championship as evidence of the benefits of such a schedule.

Spieth’s friend, Justin Thomas, believed their preparation was similar to their successful campaign two years prior, but the challenges of playing in Europe may have required more attention to detail. Thomas praised the PGA and Zach Johnson for arranging a scouting trip but emphasized that the loss was not due to team camaraderie, as this team was exceptionally close-knit.

Zach Johnson disagreed with the idea that rustiness was the reason for the early Ryder Cup deficit, citing the importance of rest and recovery. He commended the team’s preparation and expressed confidence in their efforts to bring the cup back home.

Reference

https://www.planetsport.com/golf/news/jordan-spieth-calls-for-pga-tour-schedule-change-after-ryder-cup-defeat

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