Ryder Cup 2018
Oct 1st, 2018
Tony Finau dismisses Patrick Reed's USA 'disharmony' claims
And the hits keep coming...
Words: Tim Southwell
How do you make a pig's breakfast out of a silver service banquet? Be an American Ryder Cup player. As the claims and counterclaims of mismanagement, disharmony and basic lack of preparation abound, Tony Finau has hit back at Patrick Reed.
Formerly dubbed 'Captain America' for his Ryder Cup heroics, Reed (who is now being dubbed as Captain Distrust & Disharmony') has claimed that the main reason for USA's thumping defeat was down to good old-fashioned not-liking each other very much.
Reed says that the USA were "outplayed" by Europe and admitted egos were a problem for the American team. He also took a swipe at Jordan Spieth for refusing to play with Reed, thus ending their previously successful Ryder Cup partnership. He wasn't finished there either, stating that it was "not smart" of US captain Jim Furyk to leave him out of two sessions at Le Golf National.
However, Finau, who was making his Ryder Cup debut, insists he did not witness any unrest in the camp, saying the better team won.
"I didn't hear about that, I didn't see any of that," said Finau, when asked about Reed's comments.
"The camaraderie was great throughout the week for our team. It wasn't our week - they outplayed us. They played incredible golf and I don't know any of the line-ups that could have dealt with that. They just played incredibly all week, so hats off to the Europeans - it was a well-deserved win. When we go back to our side of the pond, hopefully, we'll return the favour."
"I also thought [the fans] were great," he added when questioned about the home support booing the Americans. "It's what we expected, I mean we are on foreign soil we are not at home. The energy of the crowd on the first tee and throughout the whole 18 holes was electric."
After being separated from Spieth, Reed struggled badly on both days when paired with Tiger Woods. They lost both morning fourball matches and Reed, especially, floundered against European serial winners Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood.
“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed told the 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 sets up the team for success. He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.”
Reed was left out of the pairings in the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions by captain Jim Furyk.
“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice,” Reed complained.
Reed said the Americans had failed to take proper notice of their own inspirational messages pinned up in the team room.
“Every day, I saw ‘Leave your egos at the door,’” Reed said. In a reference to the victorious Europeans, he added: “They do that better than us.”
Reed's wife Justine (who is alleged to behind the fact that Reed hasn't seen his family for six years) also got on board the disharmony dreamboat, exchanging a series of unfortunate tweets with a Golf Channel journalist who suggested that Reed had played like a berk for the first two days.
Meanwhile, Spieth and new partner Justin Thomas won three of their four matches before the final day singles.