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Jordan Spieth doesn’t echo Tiger Woods, prefers Ryder Cup win to big payday

September 21, 2016

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“Jordan Spieth on Tuesday declared he would rather be a winner at next week’s Ryder Cup than claim the $11.4  million (£8.7 million) on offer here at the Tour Championship.

“The world No 4’s comment inevitably invoked memories of Tiger Woods’s famous statement, at the WGC event in 2002, when asked if he would prefer to win that title or the following week’s Ryder Cup at the Belfry. Woods could think of ‘a million reasons’ why he would rather prevail in the individual tournament.”

The European caddie rooting for U.S. Ryder Cup win

Ricky Elliott always hoped he could be in the Ryder Cup, the dream of any aspiring golfer from Portrush in Northern Ireland. He finally got there as a caddie, which is not unusual.

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Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press with the story on Elliott, who caddies for U.S. Ryder Cup team member Brooks Koepka.

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