Why weren't Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth paired up? 'Ask Jordan'

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Why weren't Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth paired up? 'Ask Jordan'
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The United States lost the Ryder Cup on Sunday, and already the recriminations are beginning.

One of the major questions after the first two days of the Ryder Cup was why Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, the heroic pairing of the last two Ryder Cup teams, weren’t teamed up again this year. They’d gone 4-1-2 as a team over the last two Ryder Cups, but this time around, Spieth paired with Justin Thomas and Reed with Tiger Woods.

While Spieth flourished, winning three of four team matches, Reed flailed, losing both of his pairings with Tiger Woods and failing to show any of his “Captain America” form until long after the tournament’s outcome was in any doubt.

Reed’s wife Justine took to Twitter to defend her husband, appearing to suggest that splitting up the duo was Spieth’s doing:

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Golf.com reporter Dylan Dethier approached Justine Reed on the grounds at Le Golf National, asking if the account was hers. “I can’t really say. I don’t know,” she replied, declining further comment. While the account only has a few tweets dating back to February, virtually all of them are in some way defending Reed, who’s long drawn more controversy than almost any other player in the game.

U.S. captain Jim Furyk hasn’t given any extensive interviews on why he paired players the way he did, and no one in the U.S. camp addressed the specifics. But in the wake of the loss, and now Justine Reed’s comments, it seems certain he, and Spieth, will face that question soon.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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