Saturday 20 April 2019

'Jordan Spieth didn't want to play with me' - Patrick Reed reveals American unrest and slams 'egos'

Jordan Spieth did not want to play with Patrick Reed
Jordan Spieth did not want to play with Patrick Reed

Phil Casey

Patrick Reed admitted egos were a problem for the American team as he blamed Jordan Spieth for the end of their successful Ryder Cup partnership.

And the Masters champion claimed it was "not smart" of US captain Jim Furyk to leave him out of two sessions at Le Golf National as Europe regained the trophy with a resounding seven-point victory.

Reed and Spieth had won four and halved two of their seven matches together at Gleneagles and Hazeltine, but Reed was twice paired with Tiger Woods and Spieth played four matches with Justin Thomas in Paris.

That was the subject of the final question of the American team's press conference on Sunday evening, with Spieth answering diplomatically: "We were totally involved in every decision that was made. Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment."

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Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates with spectators after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Carl Recine
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Jon Rahm (left) celebrates after Europe win the Ryder Cup during the Singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
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Team Europe's Ian Poulter celebrates in fancy dress after winning the Ryder Cup
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
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Team Europe's Sergio Garcia (left) and Ian Poulter celebrate after Europe win the Ryder Cup during the Singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
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However, in an interview conducted an hour later with the New York Times, Reed said at that point he was looking at Spieth "like I was about to light the room up like Phil in '14," a reference to Phil Mickelson's searing criticism of captain Tom Watson - sat just a few feet away - following the loss at Gleneagles.

That defeat prompted the formation of a "Task Force" to examine the reasons behind recent US failures in the Ryder Cup and seemed to pay dividends with the victory at Hazeltine, but it did not take long for the cracks to appear after the failure to win on European soil for the first time since 1993.

"The issue's obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me," Reed said. "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.

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"For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don't think it's smart to sit me twice," added Reed, who beat Tyrrell Hatton in Sunday's singles.

"Every day (in the team room) I saw 'Leave your egos at the door'. They (the Europeans) do that better than us."

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