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Team Reed Goes Scorched Earth, Post-Ryder Cup

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Well that didn’t take very long.

Following the disaster that was the United States performance in the Ryder Cup, Patrick Reed and his wife, Justine, had some things to say.

Let’s start with Mrs. “Captain America”, who was all over Twitter defending her husband against the “haters”.

I don’t think any of us need to “ask Jordan” why he didn’t want to play with Reed. No one really wants to play with Reed.

And, if you’re Spieth and are given the choice between partnering with Reed or Justin Thomas, who would you want to play with? That’s about as big a mis-match as this European team was against the Americans. It’s not even close.

Moving on to Reed, himself.

When asked specifically at the postmortem interview about being split-up, Reed, unsurprisingly, had nothing to say. Instead, Jordan responded with a non-answer saying, “Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment.” Which is code for, “Jim knows none of us like that dude.”

Not surprising, was Reed’s sudden willingness to throw everyone but himself under the bus after the joint press conference.

In a phone interview less than an hour later, Reed went full Patrick Reed. Blaming everyone but himself for the poor performance.

“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.”

He described the pairing and decision-making process as “a buddy system” that ignored everyone’s input, save for a few players.

Finally, just to remind everyone who’s fault it really was that the U.S. was so bad, Reed added, “For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice.”

In other words, don’t blame me, I didn’t even play that much.

My only question to Mr. and Mrs. Reed is, if you’re so good and so valuable to the team, why is it you can seemingly only win with one, specific other player?


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About Kris McEwen

Kris became obsessed with the game of golf after deciding to finally hang up his baseball cleats about four years ago. Still learning the game, he’s leaned on much of the on-line golf community for help and loves to return the favor whenever possible.

A contributor to several golf sites in the past, Kris writes from the perspective of your average golfer. One who has a passion for the game, but also has the typical restrictions of life and budget.

He can be reached on Twitter at @krismcewen.

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