Patrick Reed reopens Ryder Cup wounds with Fleetwood and Molinari comments

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Patrick Reed appears to have taken another swipe at the decision to split his partnership with Jordan Spieth at the Ryder Cup, by comparing them with Europe’s dream team of Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari.

The bitter fallout among the defeated United States team, which also includes a bust-up between Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, allegedly over Johnson’s fiancee, first exploded when Reed criticised both captain Jim Furyk and also Spieth for breaking up their previously successful pairing.

Reed lost both of his fourballs matches with Tiger Woods and was sat out of the foursomes amid woeful form, while Spieth won three out of four matches with Justin Thomas. But that could not match the brilliance of the ‘Moliwood’ partnership, which won all four of their matches, including two against Reed and Woods.

‘There’s a reason why I said that Tommy and Francesco were unbeatable, because I would love to have to go up against them again,’ Reed told Fred Couples on Sirius XM PGA Tour radio.

‘They showed some amazing golf and they did it in such a great way.

‘I mean, it reminded me of whenever we were going out there in my first Ryder Cup and Jordan and I went and ham-and-egged it.

‘It was unbelievable kind of seeing how they just made putt after putt and that went for the whole team. It was the story of the week.’

Reed wasted little time to speak out after the US defeat in Paris on Sunday, blaming Spieth for the break-up of their partnership that had yielded five points out of seven at Gleneagles in 2014 and Hazeltine two years ago.

‘The issue is obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,’ he told the New York Times. ‘I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes 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. Jordan and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.’

Despite his awful form in Saturday’s fourballs – estimates had his score in the mid-80s had he counted every shot – Reed also blasted Furyk for dropping him from that afternoon’s foursomes.

‘For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice,’ said the Masters champion.

Couples did not ask Reed to explain any of these comments on his radio show. 

Reed did, however, seem to go some way to explaining why he thought he should still have played in every match despite his previous defeats, suggesting he might not have needed to shoot a great score to win his matches.

‘The difference is when you get into a Ryder Cup or any kind of match play, you just have to play better than the guy you’re playing against,’ he said. ‘Sometimes you can be two-over (par) and win a match and other times you can shoot eight-under (par) and lose a match.’

Reed beat Tyrrell Hatton in the singles on Sunday before hiding his grievances during the US press conference, and then letting rip thereafter.

 

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