NASSAU, Bahamas – In five starts on U.S. Presidents and Ryder Cup teams Patrick Reed has carved out a reputation as a dogged competitor and the distinction of being this generation’s “Captain America”. But that reputation may have taken a hit following this year’s matches in France.
Reed, who went 0-2-0 in team play at Le Golf National, voiced his concerns following the U.S. loss for not being paired with Jordan Spieth and only playing twice in the team formats.
“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me. I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success,” Reed told the New York Times, adding, “For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice.”
The fallout from Reed’s comments has continued and on Wednesday at the Hero World Challenge he was asked if he felt his status as “Captain America” had been damaged.
“No, still 3-0 in [Ryder Cup] singles,” Reed said.
Reed did explain what the title means to him and said he is looking forward to building on that reputation in future matches.
“It’s something that I love and cherish and hopefully will continue playing really good golf when I represent the country and keep on bringing it in those events,” he said. “Being 3-0 in singles is something cool because you always want to feel like you can be counted on toward the end, especially during a Ryder Cup.”