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Presidents Cup picks: Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Jordan Spieth was picked for the 2013 Presidents Cup. (USATSI)
Jordan Spieth was picked for the 2013 Presidents Cup. (USATSI)

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Fred Couples picked Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson as his captain's picks for the 2013 President's Cup.

Couples announced his picks Wednesday on Golf Channel, and said leaving Keegan Bradley off a few years ago when Bradley had won twice really encouraged him to pick the 20-year-old Spieth.

"Two years ago, I left Keegan Bradley off team and that wore on me a little bit. I know all the stats, but at the same time, Jordan deserves to be on the team."

Spieth and Simpson were the picks out of a presumed group of Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson.

Couples said he had to text Furyk on Tuesday night because he couldn't bear to call him.

"I just couldn't handle it."

And Furyk wasn't the only one he wanted.

"The two guys I wanted dearly to be on the team were Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk. Those are really my guys."

Spieth, for his part, sounded like it was a dream come true for him.

"I'm super stoked and happy I woke up this morning and it wasn't a dream," he said.

Having grown up playing team sports and a Walker Cup, Spieth will be no stranger to the team format the Presidents Cup provides.

"You get to get out there and get all fired up. I love feeling the nerves. I love the adrenaline rush. That's what it's all about."

Spieth, as you probably know, didn't have PGA Tour status two months ago before his John Deere Classic win. Heck, he was still in college 10 months ago.

So I would say he's having an all-time year.

I'm glad Couples went with Spieth given that he's one of the three or four hottest golfers on earth right now.

Really I would have been fine with one of any of the other guys but Simpson is fine (he was on the team in 2011). Spieth was the real play here and will infuse the US team with some swagger it's lacked at times in past match play events.

Spieth and Simpson will join Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Bradley, Stricker, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, and Zach Johnson.

I'm not saying Spieth will be the reason the US wins -- it has only lost once (in 1998) -- but I sure am looking forward to watching him play.

International captain Nick Price chose Brendon de Jonge and Marc Leishman as his picks.

They join a group that includes Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet, Richard Sterne, and Angel Carbrera.

The Cup starts on Oct. 3.

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