Fourballs: Can Spieth-Reed recapture Ryder magic?


INCHEON, South Korea – U.S. captain Jay Haas reverted to something familiar for Saturday afternoon’s final fourball session at the Presidents Cup, pairing Jordan Spieth with Patrick Reed in the day’s final match.

“I think Patrick has wanted this since last fall. They had some success in the Ryder Cup and I think Jordan can bring out the best in Patrick,” Haas said. “We were trying to make it happen earlier in the week but didn't.”

Reed and Spieth went 2-0 in fourball play at last year’s Ryder Cup, but on Day 1 here the world No. 1 rolled to an easy victory paired with Dustin Johnson and Haas decided to keep them together.

Haas stayed with the pairing of J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson, who went 2-0 to start the week, in the afternoon’s first match against the undefeated South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.

Adam Scott will have his fourth partner this week when he tees off with Anirban Lahiri against Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson; and Jimmy Walker and Chris Kirk will play Sangmoon Bae and Hideki Matsuyama.

Steven Bowditch and Danny Lee will not play the afternoon matches for the International team after also being sat for the morning foursome session. Thongchai Jaidee and Marc Leishman were also kept out of Saturday’s fourball action.

Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar will sit for the Americans in the final team session.