The aftermath of the 2018 Ryder Cup matches have provided more drama than the competition itself, and the Reed family at the center of most of the commotion continues to double and triple down on their perceived slights.
After being passed over in the post-competition press conference to air his grievances, Patrick Reed let his thoughts be known in a New York Times piece penned by Karen Crouse.
“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed said. “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.”
While Reed’s comments were clearly pointed and could be inferred to understand who he felt slighted by, his mother-in-law, Janet Kessler Karain did not withhold names or pull punches when commenting a Golf.com story detailing Reed’s comments.
The barrage of responses came in the form of Facebook comments to the story in which one commenter suggested Reed better make future international teams on points because his 2018 mutiny would hurt his stock as a captain’s pick.
It seems as the deeper the Reed family gets into the mud here, the more difficult it will be for Patrick to make any future teams other than on merit.
Former major champion and Ryder Cup hero Justin Leonard broke down the Reed mess on the Golf Channel podcast in the days that followed the matches echoing that same sentiment.
“I don’t remember anybody really burning bridges the way Patrick Reed has, the night after and the next day after the Ryder Cup,” Leonard said. “It’s a first for me.
“He’s got a lot of work to do. I mean, if he’s sitting on the fence of making a team, I don’t see how you pick him to be on your team at this stage unless he really does a lot of work the next couple years, between now and Whistling Straits, to mend some of those relationships, and ask for forgiveness and be contrite and do all the right things.”