Infotainment Factory: Reed slams US team following Ryder Cup loss

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Monday, 1 October 2018

Reed slams US team following Ryder Cup loss


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The United States Ryder Cup team has been lashed by one of their own in the wake of their hammering at the hands of Europe.

Patrick Reed has blamed ‘ego’ for the team’s demise on the weekend and lamented the decision to split up his previously successful partnership with Jordan Spieth, following Europe’s 17.5 to 10.5 thrashing in France.

Captain Jim Furyk has been criticised for his wild-card picks which yielded little value for the visitors who suffered their sixth straight Ryder Cup loss on foreign soil. Only Tony Finau  finished with a winning record while DeChambeau, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson all tasted defeat.

Speaking to the New York Times, Reed said the loss was heavily influenced by the captain’s picks and pairings and that he tried push to be paired with Spieth but was ignored.

“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed told the Times.

US captain Furyk and Reed. (AAP)

“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 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 paired up first and lost their opener but Furyk decided against tweaking the pairings unlike Europe captain Thomas Bjorn, who sent McIlroy back out with Ian Poulter in the afternoon after going down in the morning with Thorbjorn Olesen.

Furyk then benched Reed in the afternoon and again selected Woods to play with him and they again lost to Molinari and Fleetwood.

Reed was obviously frustrated with the level guidance from the captain’s position especially since Spieth and Thomas have a record of 3-1 as a team.

“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice,” Reed complained.

Speith backs up Furyk. (AAP)

“Every day, I saw ‘Leave your egos at the door,’” Reed said. In a reference to the victorious Europeans, he added: “They do that better than us.”

While Reed may have had an issue with Furyk’s decision making, Spieth was supportive of the team’s skipper in light of the criticism levelled at him.

“We were totally involved in every decision that was made,” Spieth said, adding, “Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment.”

The United States Ryder Cup team has been lashed by one of their own in the wake of their hammering at the hands of Europe.

Patrick Reed has blamed ‘ego’ for the team’s demise on the weekend and lamented the decision to split up his previously successful partnership with Jordan Spieth, following Europe’s 17.5 to 10.5 thrashing in France.

Captain Jim Furyk has been criticised for his wild-card picks which yielded little value for the visitors who suffered their sixth straight Ryder Cup loss on foreign soil. Only Tony Finau  finished with a winning record while DeChambeau, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson all tasted defeat.

Speaking to the New York Times, Reed said the loss was heavily influenced by the captain’s picks and pairings and that he tried push to be paired with Spieth but was ignored.

“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed told the Times.

US captain Furyk and Reed. (AAP)

“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 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 paired up first and lost their opener but Furyk decided against tweaking the pairings unlike Europe captain Thomas Bjorn, who sent McIlroy back out with Ian Poulter in the afternoon after going down in the morning with Thorbjorn Olesen.

Furyk then benched Reed in the afternoon and again selected Woods to play with him and they again lost to Molinari and Fleetwood.

Reed was obviously frustrated with the level guidance from the captain’s position especially since Spieth and Thomas have a record of 3-1 as a team.

“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice,” Reed complained.

Speith backs up Furyk. (AAP)

“Every day, I saw ‘Leave your egos at the door,’” Reed said. In a reference to the victorious Europeans, he added: “They do that better than us.”

While Reed may have had an issue with Furyk’s decision making, Spieth was supportive of the team’s skipper in light of the criticism levelled at him.

“We were totally involved in every decision that was made,” Spieth said, adding, “Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment.”

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