Most of the players of the United States Ryder Cup in 2018 sat there and won the 17.5-10.5 against Europe. Phil Mickelson did not throw Captain Jim Furyk under the bus. Tiger Woods took his share of responsibility (which turned out to be a bit heavy) and everyone internalized a defeat that was actually worse than that of Gleneagles four years ago.
Mickelson summed up the situation well.
"It's a great team and we've had phenomenal leadership," Mickelson said Sunday. "We had excellent vice captains, and we were put in the position of a player who could succeed, and these guys here are such good players that if you put those players in a position to succeed, they will do it. more often.
"I thought the way it brought everyone together in decisions … Some of you might question some of the decisions, but everything was done with reason, with input, reflection, and then it's all right. It's up to us to run, and we're not quite – we have not run. "
And then there was Patrick Reed. Captain America played poorly against Woods on Friday and Saturday, before defeating Tyrrell Hatton in singles on Sunday in one of the American team's few hot spots late in the day.
He entered these matches with a remarkable 4-1-2 record alongside his partner Jordan Spieth in two Ryder Cups. These two players however did not play together this week, while Spieth teamed up with Justin Thomas (3-1-0) and Reed at Woods. Apparently, that did not please Reed, who said to the New York Times he was blind and qualified the Ryder Cup team as a "matchmaking system".
"The problem is obviously with Jordan who does not want to play with me," Reed told the Time. "I do not have any problem with Jordan.In the end, I do not care if I like the person I'm paired with or if that person likes me so much that it works and that it sets the team for success, he and I know how to improve each other, we know how to do the job. "
Not only was Reed unable to play with Spieth, but he did not play at all in the two games on four Friday and Saturday afternoons. It's a format where he was previously undefeated.
"For someone as good as I am at the Ryder Cup, I do not think it's smart to sit down twice," Reed said. Time.
These quotes are surprising, I suppose, but if there was to be someone who was chirping after the pounding of the United States in Europe, it was Reed. He played badly both days (he contributed only four draws with a total of 32 holes in his four-ball match with Woods) and was outnumbered by the others. There always seems to be at least some friction when it comes to Reed, and nothing beats a loss of seven points on foreign soil to reveal it.
I do not know if it will go much further than these quotes, however. I think all members of the team will probably leave them and that Reed will pass to 2019. Nobody will forget, however, for the future Ryder Cup, when Reed Cup fell on the sword, this is not Reed. After these matches, there was only one person to point fingers, and that is the one that always told everyone to shut up.