Patrick Reed has said that US Captain Jim Furyk’s decision not to pair him with Jordan Spieth was behind the defeat to Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Reed admitted egos were a problem for the American team as he blamed Jordan Spieth for the end of their successful Ryder Cup partnership, before going on to describe US captain Jim Furyk’s decision to leave him out of two sessions at Le Golf National as “not smart”.
Reed and Spieth had won four and halved two of their seven matches together at Gleneagles and Hazeltine but Furyk twice paired Reed with Tiger Woods, while Spieth was paired with Justin Thomas four times.
However, in an interview conducted an hour later with the New York Times, Reed revealed his very contrasting thoughts:
“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,
“I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success.
“He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.”
Reed and Woods were the only American pair to lose on Friday morning, after which Reed expected Furyk to revert to pairings which had worked previously. Instead, he and Woods sat out the foursomes session which was lost 4-0 for the first time in Ryder Cup history.
After a second defeat to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood on Saturday morning, Reed was left out again while Woods partnered Bryson DeChambeau to another loss to Molinari and Fleetwood.
“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice.
“Every day [in the team room] I saw: ‘Leave your egos at the door.’ They [the Europeans] do that better than us.”