Patrick Reed believes there are no hard feelings within the US camp as it prepares to travel to Royal Melbourne for the Presidents Cup next month.
The man dubbed ‘Captain America’ famously broke ranks with his teammates in France last year after they were humiliated by the Europeans at the Ryder Cup (17½- 10½).
But Reed insists Presidents Cup skipper Tiger Woods chose not to mention the events at Le Golf National when offering the World No.15 one of his four captain’s picks last week.
“Tiger and I and all the guys talked after France way before,” the 29-year-old Texan said.
“That was all put to bed. We've all moved on and we're all just really getting excited for this year and to focus on going out and doing what we're supposed to do. Win points, and have fun while doing it.”
Despite compiling an impressive 4-1-2 (W-L-H) partnership with Jordan Spieth in two previous Ryder Cups, Reed was unsuccessfully paired with Woods for both four-ball sessions in France last September.
The 2018 Masters champion was also benched by Captain Jim Furyk for the afternoon sessions on Friday and Saturday, before defeating Englishman Tyrrell Hatton 3 & 2 in his singles match on Sunday.
RIGHT: Woods consoles Reed after they were defeated in the morning fourball matches of last year’s Ryder Cup. PHOTO: Jamie Squire/Getty Images.
Following the final press conference at Le Golf National, an aggravated Reed unleashed an almighty rant directed at both Spieth and Furyk.
“The issue's obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me," Reed told the New York Times.
“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.
“He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.
“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don't think it's smart to sit me twice.”
Woods’ decision to select Reed for the Presidents Cup may therefore seem confusing given his fiery outburst. Or, perhaps it signals his intent to assemble the strongest possible team to face Ernie Els and the Internationals.
Reed, winner of The Northern Trust in August, boasts an impressive 4-3-2 record from two previous Presidents Cup appearances. He bleeds red, white and blue – and he is already champing at the bit to repay Woods for his faith.
“Who wouldn't want Tiger Woods as your captain? It's amazing,” Reed said.
“I feel like all of us are just going to embrace that and go out and play the best golf we can, not only for ourselves and for our country but also for him.”