Title: Nothing satisfies Jordan Spieth more than playing for country or school or family
Description: Get used to having this Jordan Spieth, steely-eyed 20-year-old son of Texas, on your roster. On Sunday afternoon at Muirfield Village, red-assed over his loss in singles but happy to be on a winning Presidents Cup team, he said, "I'd rather play team golf than anything else." His mother played college basketball. His father played college baseball. His kid brother, Steven, is a freshman on the Brown University basketball team. Put his 12-year-old sister, Ellie, on a soccer pitch or a basketball court, and she can hardly contain herself. The whole team thing is in his blood. "Being on a team," Spieth says, "being with teammates, that's as much fun as you can have." This, from a kid who started the PGA Tour season without status, secured his card, became the youngest winner on Tour since 1931, won $3.8 million and is now 20th in the World Ranking. PHOTOS: Presidents Cup WAGs In May 2011, Spieth was still playing high school golf at Jesuit Prep in Dallas, rooting for teammates who could barely break 80. Four months later he was representing the United States in the Walker Cup, a road loss in Scotland that stings him still. His Longhorns won a national title in '12, their first in 40 years, and every time he speaks to his college coach, John Fields, Spieth asks, "How does it feel to be a national champion?" Then came last week, playing for country, except now his teammates were Tiger, Phil & Co. Spieth was on a stacked team that threw darts for four straight (and long) days. Your scoreboard totals -- Americans 18½, Internationals 15½ -- made the umbrellathon sound closer than it actually was. Spieth's goal for next year is to play on Tom Watson's Ryder Cup squad. In 2016 he hopes to represent the United States at the Olympics. If you catch him at his neighborhood 7-Eleven and ask him to play on your after-work men's league team, you'll most likely get a yes. Over the past 19 years Phil Mickelson has played on every Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup team. It's a staggering achievement, and Spieth, schooled in the work of his elders, knows all about it. Spieth, about as pampered as a Route 83 truck driver, sat next to Mickelson at the closing ceremony, last-call press conference. He stared straight ahead as Mickelson summarized what the 19 teams meant to him. "What I have found over my career is that these weeks have become some of the most special weeks of my career," Mickelson said. "They're where friendships are formed that last a lifetime." In 2032, Spieth might say about the same thing.