Team USA have stolen the post-Ryder Cup headlines, but for all the wrong reasons.
First up were the revelations from Patrick Reed, who all but blamed the decision making of Captain Jim Furyk and Jordan Spieth for the 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 defeat to Europe last week.
He claimed that that it was ‘not smart’ for Furyk to leave him out for two sessions despite shooting in the 80s on Saturday, and chiding Spieth for opting out of their successful partnership in the last two events.
Then came reports that good friends Brooks Kopeka and Dustin Johnson almost came to blows on Sunday night.
Multiple reports say the pair had to be physically separated. https://t.co/58PtzpZgMM
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Now further reports are coming in, and matters look even worse for Team USA.
L’Equipe were on hand in Paris during the event, and Benjamin Cadiou writes that both the two-time US open champion and the world number one almost got into it a whole week earlier on the team plane that was en route to France.
A source told of the “embarrassment of Jim Furyk, who before getting off the plane asked his major pair to put the interests of Team USA first.
“The captain had no choice but to separate them for Friday, given the degree of anger between two of his players.”
On that first day, Koepka and Johnson played alongside Tony Finau and Rickie Fowler respectively. The powerhouse pair played together on Saturday afternoon when the US were 8-4 down, but lost 2&1 to Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose.
Golf Digest then reported that the second altercation involved Johnson’s partner Paulina Gretzky and Koepka’s girlfriend Jena Sims. Whether the reports that surfaced prior to the event regarding Johnson’s personal life are related to this are unclear.
As for the rest of the team, L’Equipe quoted a staff member stating that: “The atmosphere was horrible, Jim Furyk was devastated”, following Patrick Reed’s conduct and the ‘isolation’ of Bubba Watson.
Tiger Woods was said to be “impeccable, exemplary even”, in his attempts to unite the team, but to no avail.
To add further fuel to the embers, The New York Post quotes an actual member of Team USA as saying that Reed is “full of shit”.in regards to his comments on playing with Tiger Woods.
“Blindsided my ass. He begged to play with Tiger and he totally screwed him.
Eleven players understood the concept of team golf and only one didn’t. Unfortunately, that one proved to be too costly for the team to overcome.”