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Love leads off with 'our most fired-up guy'

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CHASKA, Minn. – It’s no surprise that Patrick Reed will pair with Jordan Spieth in the opening foursomes match Friday at the Ryder Cup.

U.S. captain Davis Love III has known Reed would be first on the tee for a long, long time. And it was always pretty clear that Spieth would be his mate.

“Patrick Reed, for the last six months, he’s just been so excited,” Love said Thursday shortly after he announced his pairings. “We just felt like that first-tee atmosphere just fit him and Jordan to get it kicked off.

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“Our most fired-up guy [Reed] is going to be in front of the most fired-up crowd maybe in the history of golf. So that’s a good start. And then you have a guy that can handle that crowd and handle the pressure playing with him.”

The dynamic duo went 2-0-1 together two years ago at Gleneagles and was the lone bright spot for the Americans. They played together only once last year at the Presidents Cup and easily defeated Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel.