WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Earlier this week, United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson divulged that “about four or five” potential team members would join him on a scouting mission to host venue Gleneagles next weekend.
Though he wouldn’t reveal the identity of those players, Patrick Reed and Keegan Bradley each told GolfChannel.com on Saturday that they will likely be amongst those making the trip in advance of The Open Championship.
“Yeah, I’m going over there,” said Reed, who is currently ninth in the points standings. “I mean, I’m going over there early anyway, just get used to the time change and everything. With it being my first British Open, I’m going to play a lot of links golf and just get some rounds over there. Since I was already over there and Mr. Watson asked if I wanted to, I thought it would be a good idea.”
“I’m not definitely going, but I think so,” Bradley said. “I’m still getting the details, but it’s just Tom being very meticulous, which he’s known for. I think a few guys are going over. I don’t even know."
On Wednesday, Watson revealed that he’d invited “about 20” players who have a chance of making the team.
“I thought that was a good thing to do, and it gives them a chance to get used to the time change going over to The Open Championship,” he explained. “You get to see the course at least once before they get there or potentially get there. Not all of these players are in the top-six or top-five right now.”
Reed said the trip would be two-fold, both preparing him for the impending Ryder Cup, but also getting in a few rounds on the other side of the pond before heading to Royal Liverpool.
“Mr. Watson wants a couple of us to see the golf course,” he said. “I would love to go see it and see how it’s playing, so I’m not having to do too much work whenever we get there. I can focus more on getting a lot of good shots.”