For the first time since Patrick Reed's post-Ryder Cup comments criticizing some of Captain Jim Furyk's decisions, Furyk has shed some light on the thought process that went into some of the pairings. Sitting down with Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte, Furyk said the idea to split up the successful Jordan Spieth-Reed pairing stemmed from Tiger Woods's emergence. When it became clear Woods's play was good enough to deserve a captain's pick, Furyk said he then started to think of players Woods would pair well with. He kept coming back to Reed. Pairing Woods with Reed, however, meant that the Americans' stout Reed-Spieth duo would split. Reed told The New York Times hours after the Ryder Cup ended that it was obvious Spieth didn't want to play with him.
Reed told The Times he had no say in the pairings, but Furyk said otherwise. "All four players knew who they would be playing with weeks in advance," Furyk said. "In fact I had a messaging with Patrick a week out from the Ryder Cup. They knew they were going out that first session in fourball, and I think that was a great session for them, and [we talked about] when Patrick felt they should go out in the order one through four." You can watch more in the clip below.