After Patrick Reed's all-out assault on the U.S. Ryder Cup system and pairing choices last week, U.S. captain Jim Furyk has responded ... kind of. "It'll always bother me".
Reed touched off the controversy by saying he was "blindsided" by being grouped with Tiger Woods at Le Golf National rather than Jordan Spieth, with whom he played in 2016 as the USA broke a losing streak that stretched back to 2008. I love the kid to death. "In fact I had a messaging with Patrick a week out from the Ryder Cup".
"When I started looking at who [Tiger] would pair well with, I kept coming back to Patrick Reed", added Furyk.
"There was always the idea that we could go Tiger and JT [Justin Thomas], and Patrick and Jordan, but ultimately they knew going into the week, weeks in advance, they knew they would start the Ryder Cup with Patrick and Tiger being partners". "They went 0-2 playing against a formidable team both times, but I still think they make a good pair". "And I'd do it all over again". It was the story of the week'.
Koepka, 28, won the award ahead of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Open champion Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas.
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Reed had also blamed 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.
"That was something obviously that had been talked about in advance, but all I was anxious about was that I knew I was going to play with Jordan and we wanted to take care of our match", Thomas told reporters in Kuala Lumpur (via GolfWeek). Koepka and Johnson clearly tried to play down the incident to Furyk, but sources have since explained it was a heated affair.
Multiple reports have said Johnson and Koepka nearly came to blows during a heated argument in the aftermath of the defeat at Le Golf National.
The two players had to be separated following a flare-up inside the Europe team room, where they had joined the celebrating hosts for a beer on Sunday night.
"Whatever altercation started, or what happened, it was very brief", said Furyk. "Neither one of them really took anything out of it", Furyk said. You've got Phil [Mickelson] and Tiger, who are the elder statesmen of the team, and all the young guys really look up to them.