There is much to unpack in Jim Furyk’s sitdown with Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte, from the Captain’s Patrick Reed pushback to the state of the Bash Brothers to Phil Mickelson’s bizarro last minute swing mechanics tune-up explaining his appearance in foursomes play.
Ever the gentleman, Furyk is at least starting to admit a few things related to the 2018 Ryder Cup. The first big ticket item: Reed had no reason to suggest surprise, shock or secrecy in getting a coupling with Tiger Woods and had nothing to do with Reed’s claim of a Jordan Spieth-led conspiracy to avoid him.
Instead, things changed when Tiger went from cart driver status to player, creating two super-teams (on paper anyway).
From Will Gray’s write up:
"When I started looking at who (Tiger) would pair well with, I kept coming back to Patrick Reed," Furyk said. "There was always the idea that we could go Tiger and JT (Justin Thomas), and Patrick and Jordan, but ultimately they knew going into the week, weeks in advance, they knew they would start the Ryder Cup with Patrick and Tiger being partners."
Furyk even noted that he’d consulted on his original idea of leading off with Reed/Woods and Reed suggested they go out later the first morning.