Patrick Reed: Egos were an issue


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American Patrick Reed admits his team failed to work together and he blamed their egos for their defeat to Europe in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

Thomas Bjorn’s men reclaimed the title with a 17.5-10.5 triumph on the final day in Paris.

Team USA went into the event as the favourites, despite not winning on European soil since 1993.

Masters champion Reed insists Jordan Spieth refused to play with him, despite their success together in previous tournaments.

The duo had won four and halved two for their seven matches together at previous tournaments at Gleneagles and Hazeltine.

However, Reed teamed up with Tiger Woods and Spieth played with Justin Thomas as USA lost their grip on the trophy.

When asked about this week, Reed hit out at Spieth and captain Jim Furyk for his decision to leave him out of two sessions.

“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. For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice.

“Every day [in the team room] I saw ‘Leave your egos at the door’. They [the Europeans] do that better than us.”

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