SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — All week, U.S. Ryder Cup fans have wondered why team captain Jim Furyk split up the superstar pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. The duo had led the U.S. teams in 2014 and ’16, going 5-1-2 in fourball and foursomes matches. But Reed went 0-2 this year, partnering with Tiger Woods in each match.
Several tweets Sunday morning from Reed’s wife, Justine, offered some insight as to a potential reason behind the split. She told another user to “ask Jordan” about the split and also lashed out at the media, calling Golf Channel’s coverage “journalistically disqualified” after one its editors criticized Reed’s play on Saturday.
Justine declined to elaborate on the tweets when approached by a reporter at Le Golf National Sunday afternoon. Asked to confirm that the account is hers, she said, “I can’t really say. I don’t know.” When pressed for details, Justine declined to comment further.
Justine’s tweets suggested that Spieth, not Reed, was the cause for the split. Spieth played with Justin Thomas during each team session this week. “Patrick never said that he didn’t want to play with Jordan,” Justine tweeted. “Maybe you should ask Jordan why he didn’t want to play with Patrick. You don’t have to love the people you work with – but when you have chemistry and success, you go with it for the TEAM.”
She also suggested that Woods, Thomas and Rickie Fowler could have worked interchangeably as partners, maintaining the Spieth-Reed pairing in the process.
You can see those tweets below.
It was set up that way. He was the leading point scorer for the last two Ryder Cups. You don’t see any of the others playing Molinari and Fleetwood? Yet you change the most winning pairing in American History in Patrick and Jordan.
— Justine (@JustineKReed) September 29, 2018
It has been a trying week for Patrick Reed. He earned the nickname “Captain America” as he led the team in points during memorable Ryder Cup showings in 2014 and 2016. But he and Woods went 0-2 in fourball matches on Friday and Saturday. Reed especially struggled during Saturday morning’s match, finding the water multiple times, hitting a tee shot out of bounds and making just a single birdie. The U.S. side lost to Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari 5&4.
Golf Channel’s Jay Coffin sent a tweet after the match remarking on Reed’s poor play. Justine objected to the nature of the tweet.
Reed defeated Tyrrell Hatton 3&2 in his singles match Sunday.