Following his Ryder Cup outburst, Patrick Reed was a controversial pick from captain Tiger Woods. But the man they call Captain America won't shy away from being himself
Patrick Reed has become somewhat of a cult hero in the American golf team sphere, and after receiving a controversial captain’s pick from Tiger Woods for the Presidents Cup this doesn’t look like changing.
Reed has represented his nation in three Ryder Cups – most recently at Le Golf National where Europe were dominant champions in 2018 – as well as the last two Presidents Cup teams, with his appearances and raucous performances seeing him dubbed ‘Captain America’ by the buoyant USA fans.
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His reputation seems to have remained in tact despite the public criticism of his last Ryder Cup teammates and captain Jim Furyk.
And Reed, speaking on a conference call ahead of next month’s clash with the Internationals, was adamant he won’t be changing the way he does things.
“Tiger has always just told me and told all of our guys: ‘Be who you are, go out and play golf, and at the end of the day, go out and do you job,’ he explained.
“It’s something that I’ve always done. If I go out there and I try to be someone else or do something differently on the golf course, now all of a sudden I’m playing away from my strengths and my golf game.”
“That’s something Tiger doesn’t want from any of our guys.”
Now the identities of the full 12 players representing USA are know, there has been plenty of speculation around possible pairings.
In Reed’s most recent outing for Team USA he lost both matches when playing alongside Woods in the Ryder Cup. But he didn’t give away too many clues as to whether they would be reunited this time around.
“Honestly, it would be unfair for me to say whether I want to, or that I should play with Tiger, or play with this guy or that guy because we haven’t seen the golf course.
“I would go to battle with any one of these guys on the team and feel confident that we could go and do our job, but at the end of the day it all comes down to who we feel like the best match-up is for each golf course.”