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Former Open champion Justin Leonard has criticised Patrick Reed for the way he handled the fallout from the USA’s thumping Ryder Cup defeat at Le Golf National last week.

Speaking on the latest Golf Channel podcast, Leonard – a veteran of three Ryder Cup sides – took Reed to task for going public with his criticism of teammate Jordan Spieth and captain Jim Furyk.

Reed, his wife and his mother-in-law have all offered withering assessments of where things went wrong for the US in France – Spoiler Alert: it’s not Reed’s fault, apparently – but Leonard believes that was the wrong approach.

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“I don’t remember anybody really burning bridges the way Patrick Reed has, the night after and the next day after the Ryder Cup,” Leonard said. “It’s a first for me.”

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Leonard added that he expects Reed will need to qualify automatically or repair some of the damage he has done to merit a potential pick if he is to feature in the next Ryder Cup in two years’ time.

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“He’s got a lot of work to do,” Leonard said. “If he’s sitting on the fence of making a team, I don’t see how you pick him at this stage unless he really does a lot of work the next couple years, between now and Whistling Straits, to mend some of those relationships, and ask for forgiveness and be contrite and do all the right things.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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