GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Criticism for U.S. captain Tom Watson came quick and easy on Friday.
Not long after the rookie pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed handily beat Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher, 5 and 4, the captain announced his teams for the afternoon foursomes matches.
And neither Spieth nor Reed was included.
“They were very upset with me for not playing them this afternoon,” Watson admitted. “I said, ‘I know you're going to be mad at me, but you'll be playing tomorrow, for sure.’”
Afterward, the players maintained that they believed they’d play the afternoon, too.
“I felt like Jordan was hitting the ball really solid and making a lot of putts and I was hitting it well and I was putting extremely well,” Reed said. “I felt like in alternate-shot, him and I would have been great to go back out and take the momentum of what we just had done. But at the end of the day, Captain Watson, he picks pairings for a reason. He decides to put you in certain spots for a reason. I was over it when he told us we weren't, so we're just going to go rest, hit some balls and probably go out and cheer on our team.”