Furyk: Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods knew about pairing 'weeks in advance'

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Tiger Woods of the United States consolls Patrick Reed of the United States following defeat during the morning fourball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Furyk: Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods knew about pairing 'weeks in advance'

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Furyk: Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods knew about pairing 'weeks in advance'

In the frustrating hours after the Ryder Cup, Patrick Reed claimed that he was “blindsided” by the decision by U.S. captain Jim Furyk to split he and Jordan Spieth up at Le Golf National.

Furyk dismissed that claim in a recent interview with Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte, which aired Monday on Morning Drive.

The U.S. captain contended that Reed, Woods, Spieth and Spieth’s Ryder Cup partner Justin Thomas all knew about the pairings “weeks in advance.” He also revealed that Reed was even in the loop when it came to which slot he and Woods would play in for the opening four-ball session.

“When I started looking at who (Tiger) would pair well with, I kept coming back to Patrick Reed,” Furyk said. “There was always the idea that we could go Tiger and JT (Justin Thomas), and Patrick and Jordan, but ultimately they knew going into the week, weeks in advance, they knew they would start the Ryder Cup with Patrick and Tiger being partners.”

Furyk added that pairing Spieth and Thomas was an “easy decision” because of the strong chemistry the two have.

“If there was any concern about them being partners together, it was how close they were,” Furyk said.

However, the Spieth-Thomas pairing was dependent on Woods making the team.

“The fact that they played together had a lot more to do with me pairing Patrick and Tiger together,” Furyk said. “… If Tiger doesn’t make this team and he’s a vice captain, then Jordan and Patrick go out together.”

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