In a Golf Channel exclusive, Jim Furyk sat down with Tim Rosaforte to discuss some of the controversies still lingering from the U.S. Ryder Cup debacle, specifically the splitting up of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.
Furyk said the pairing up of Spieth and Justin Thomas was a no brainer, and it stemmed more from Tiger Woods moving from vice captain to player – and trying to find the right partner for the 42-year old superstar.
Reed, a Ryder Cup legend – who looked to Woods as a mentor, seemed like a natural partner. Furyk also shot down the idea that it was a last-minute decision that “blindsided” Reed, noting the pairings had been revealed to all four players weeks in advance the 2018 Ryder Cup.
“All four players knew who they would be playing with weeks in advance,” said Furyk.
“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.”