JERSEY CITY, N.J. – When you’re enjoying an unprecedented lead in the Presidents Cup, it’s easy to have a more lighthearted attitude even with a tight match coming down to the wire.
Such was the case Saturday with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who edged Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen, 2 and 1, in a fourball match despite some competitive banter that bordered on friendly fire.
Spieth and Reed held a 1-up lead heading to the 17th hole, where Reed promptly stuffed his approach from 97 yards inside 5 feet. Spieth followed up with a wedge from 85 yards which checked up 13 feet short on the fringe. As they walked to the green, Spieth offered a bit of kerosene to the fire Reed tends to carry in team matches.
“I walked up and said, ‘I hope they make you mark that because I want to knock it in first and get the credit,’” Spieth told Reed.
True to his word, Spieth rolled in the birdie putt from just off the green to clinch the win and seal another point for the Americans, who are now one point away from clinching the cup. After playing all four team sessions together, Spieth and Reed’s 3 ½-point total matches that of the entire International squad.
But that did little to heal the (tongue-in-cheek) wound of Reed, who made a short birdie putt on No. 16 to give the Americans an advantage only to watch Spieth grab the spotlight back in the match’s final moment.
“He keeps on stealing my birdies,” Reed said. “I finally hit some good golf shots, and he steals the birdies. I’m like, ‘All right. Come on Jordan, just allow me to make my little short one.’”
“He’s still upset about that,” joked Spieth.