CHASKA, Minn. – In the frenzied moments as the morning foursomes session was wrapping up on Saturday, U.S. captain Davis Love III was searching for the right combination to send out for the afternoon fourball session.
Each of Love’s vice captains had a lineup, the players certainly had ideas, and even Love’s son, Dru, offered a suggestion. But it was Tiger Woods who finally convinced Love.
“I finally just said to Tiger, ‘Are we playing them or are we sitting them?’ Love said. “He said, ‘No, you have to send them back out there, they are playing so well.’”
“Them” was Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, who had already played the first three team matches and halved their Day 2 foursomes bout against Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello. Love went with Reed and Spieth, and the duo delivered.
After splitting their two matches against Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose on Day 1, the Americans wanted the rubber match, with Reed scorching the Europeans with five birdies and an eagle for a 2-and-1 victory.
“Just one of those days that I knew that I felt great this morning and he felt great this morning,” said Reed, who holed his approach shot at the sixth hole to give the U.S. a lead they never lost. “We've been playing some really great golf.”
“I told Ian Poulter back in 2012 that he was built for the Ryder Cup, and I think Patrick Reed is built for the Ryder Cup, too,” Love said. “He's got that attitude.”