Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed Blow 4 Up Lead, Halve Morning Match

Saturday October 1st, 2016
Jordan Spieth's long birdie try on the 17th hole went begging by less than an inch.
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What was once a blowout and surely another page in the Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed Ryder Cup scrapbook became a halved match due to a rally from Europeans Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Reed and Spieth were 4 up through 12 holes on the all-Spanish duo, but made three consecutive bogeys on the 13th, 14th and 15th to let Europe back into the match. The Spaniards made a birdie on the 16th hole to pull to 1 down entering the 17th. Spieth barely missed a long birdie putt, then Cabrera-Bello did this.

With the match all square on the 18th hole, both teams made par. The halved match maintained a one point lead for the Americans at 6.5-5.5. Having lost four of the final six holes, Spieth and Reed were unsurprisingly not thrilled.

"The way we played wins most matches," Spieth said after the match. "They stayed steady with it and hit the shots they needed to coming down the stretch. Big putt by Patrick to salvage half a point, although still disappointing for us."

Spieth and Reed are back out on the course in the anchor match again for the afternoon session. This time against Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. 

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