Jim Furyk shoots down Patrick Reed's criticism

Furyk And Reed

Jim Furyk has rejected Patrick Reed’s criticism of his Ryder Cup captaincy, saying the Masters champ he knew “weeks in advance” that he wouldn’t be resuming his hitherto successful partnership with Jordan Spieth at Le Golf National.

Within hours of the United States’ thumping defeat at the hands of Thomas Bjorn’s European team in France, Reed gave an interview to the New York Times, criticising the decision to split up he and Spieth.

“He and I know how to make each other better,” said Reed. “We know how to get the job done.”

• Phil Mickelson slates 'almost unplayable' Ryder Cup course

• Tommy Fleetwood reacts to US Ryder Cup fall-out

Both Reed’s wifeand mother-in-law also vented their fury over some of Furyk’s decision-making, making their feelings known on social media.

However, in his first interview since the defeat, Furyk told Tim Rosaforte of the Golf Channel that Reed was well aware of the plans before the team even departed for France.

Patrick Reed And Tiger Woods

“All four players [Reed, Spieth, Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas] knew who they would be playing with weeks in advance,” Furyk said. “In fact I had a messaging with Patrick a week out from the Ryder Cup. They knew they were going out that first session in fourball, and I think that was a great session for them, and [we talked about] when Patrick felt they should go out in the order one through four.”

• Our ratings of the entire US team

• Former Open champ hits out at Reed

He added: “It wasn’t as much as putting Jordan and [Thomas] together as it was I really wanted Patrick and Tiger to be partners. I wanted that relationship.

"There was always the idea that we could go Tiger and [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.”

Over to you, Patrick...

Golf News

Tour pro accuses fellow player of having cheated "for years"
Justin Rose's caddie set to undergo heart surgery
Lee Westwood says 2022 would be 'ideal for me' to be Ryder Cup captain
LET player's pay gap post sparks Twitter debate
Which American pro do European golfers find most irritating?

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
Timing your strike
Watch
play button
Clear the hips through impact
Watch
play button
The correct way to grip a golf club
Watch
play button
How to improve your ball striking
Watch
See all videos right arrow