One of the first things the world noticed at this 42nd Ryder Cup was that Jim Furyk broke up the previously successful team of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.
Spieth flourished with new partner Justin Thomas as the duo went 3-1 in team competition.
In the meantime, Reed struggled and went 0-2 with partner Tiger Woods.
On Sunday, Reed’s wife stirred some major controversy with the following declaration on the Twittersphere:
“I can assure you- you’re wrong. Patrick never said that he didn’t want to play with Jordan. Maybe you should ask Jordan why he didn’t want to play with Patrick. 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.”
So what is Justine Reed implying?
Have Spieth and Reed developed some bad-blood between them to the point where Spieth told Jim Furyk that he didn’t want to play with Reed?
More likely it was Justin Thomas’ first appearance that perhaps had Spieth preferring to play with his good friend.
It’s common knowledge that Reed isn’t one of the best-liked guys on the PGA Tour among his fellow players but now that Reed’s wife has opened the can of worms, there will be a lot of questions asked in coming days.
Fact is, neither Reed nor Spieth was tearing it up coming into these matches.
Reed played poorly at East Lake and Spieth didn’t even make the top 30.
Reed managed to win his Sunday singles match again Tyrrell Hatton, 3-and-2 while Spieth was upset and suffered a lopsided drubbing by Thorbjorn Olesen, who got his only point by beating Spieth in the Sunday singles.
One thing is certain, the European team has been and was this week, more unified than the Americans.