Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky weren’t the only twosome on watch at this year’s Ryder Cup.
Following their success two years ago, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed’s separation raised eyebrows during this weekend’s event. Spieth was paired with friend Justin Thomas and Reed with Tiger Woods. Team USA was dominated by the underdog Europeans, falling 17.5 to 10.5.
Reed said he was “blindsided” by the decision and pointed the finger in Spieth’s direction in an interview with the New York Times.
“The issues’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” said the 28-year-old golfer. “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 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 finished this year’s Ryder Cup 1-2, winning his singles match against Tyrrell Hatton on Sunday. Spieth and Thomas completed the tournament at 3-1. Reed and Spieth’s Ryder Cup record is 4-1-2.
Spieth, 25, noted that captain Jim Furyk allowed feedback in terms of coordinating teams.
“We were totally involved with every decision that was made,” Spieth said, according to ESPN. “Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment. And we were involved and we thought that the teams came out of our four-man squad, [Reed, Spieth, Woods and Thomas]. We had two potentially fantastic teams and we went out and tried to play our best.”
In a tournament in March, the controversial Reed told a rules official during a testy back-and-forth: “I guess my name has to be Jordan Spieth [to get a favorable ruling].”
Reed’s comments Sunday follow similar statements made on a Twitter account that allegedly belongs to Reed’s wife, Justine.
“You don’t have to love the people you work with — but when you have chemistry and success, you go with it for the TEAM,” she penned, per Golf Digest.
When asked about the remarks, Justine didn’t verify whether the account belonged to her.
“I can’t really say. I don’t know,” she told Golf.com.
As for the remnants of Reed’s working relationship with Spieth, it appears their separation during the concluding press conference, sitting at opposite ends of the table, was for good measure.
“I was looking at him like I was about to light the room up like Phil [Mickelson] in ’14,” Reed said, referencing the golfer’s feud with captain Tom Watson in 2014.
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