Furyk confirms Johnson/Koepka altercation at Ryder Cup

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

If Patrick Reed was surprised by USA captain Jim Furyk's Ryder Cup pairings, then he apparently was the only one. In the days that followed his comments to the New York Times that he was "blindsided" by not being paired with Jordan Spieth, a source told The Post's Mark Cannizzaro that Reed was "full of s-t".

Reed was instead partnered with Tiger at Le Golf National and ended up losing both fourball matches.

"That was something obviously that had been talked about in advance, but all I was anxious about was that I knew I was going to play with Jordan and we wanted to take care of our match", Thomas told reporters in Kuala Lumpur (via GolfWeek).

"For Patrick to feel like him and Jordan were a lock, I guess hearing Jim talk about Tiger's needs made flawless sense to think about Patrick and Tiger together". He and I know how to make each other better. Our guys had played a lot less coming into the Ryder Cup than the American team had. That only came out after he and Woods went 0-2-0 and Reed sat for two other sessions.

"I talked about [the decision to break up Spieth and Reed] with the vice captains", Furyk told Golf Channel. It was my call. "But all I was anxious about, what I knew, that I was going to play with Jordan and we were worrying about taking care of our point and taking care of our match". I'll stand by it.

'It was unbelievable kind of seeing how they just made putt after putt and that went for the whole team.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 30, 2018; Paris, FRA; United States golfer Patrick Reed talks with United States captain Jim Furyk on the first tee during the Sunday singles matches at Le Golf National.

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"Whatever altercation started, or what happened, it was very brief". It was very short. "Neither one of them really took anything out of it", Furyk said. "But they're as close as they've ever been, and it really had no effect on either one of them".

"It's been tough", he said.

"For me, the American team is quite a united front".

"I've always viewed him as honest".

Still, he said he had a tremendous team on his side.

"I'd take those 12 players into the fire any day, on any course. And I still would", Furyk said.

'There's a reason why I said that Tommy and Francesco were unbeatable, because I would love to have to go up against them again, ' Reed said on Sirius XM PGA Tour radio.

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