GLENEAGLES, Scotland – On four occasions over the last few weeks, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed have been paired together on the PGA Tour. But it wasn’t until the duo arrived in Scotland that the idea surfaced that they should team this week at Gleneagles.
“We think you guys would be a good pair,” Watson told them.
It was one of the few gambits Watson has made so far this week that has paid off. The rookies have delivered nearly half of the U.S. team’s points (2 1/2) and the duo hadn’t been pushed past the 15th hole before Saturday afternoon’s foursome match, which they halved against Martin Kaymer and Justin Rose.
“They were the one very, very bright spot this week,” Watson said. “I told the rookies, ‘You could be the future soul of the Ryder Cup.’”
Watson wasn’t sure if Reed and Spieth would work well as an alternate-shot or best-ball team. The two rookies, however, knew they could perform in either format, but were particularly confident in their fourball chances.
“I think we're the best best-ball team in this tournament,” Spieth said. “If you go statistically through it, on birdies and you chop it up into individual statistics, Patrick and I should be an extremely strong best-ball team.”
Watson continued to show his confidence in the rookies by sending them out first for Sunday singles, with Spieth leading off the final day against Graeme McDowell followed by Reed playing Henrik Stenson in the second game.