Steve Stricker’s big choices for his American Ryder Cup team did not include Patrick Reed, one of the few American players with a winning record in the competition, which has frustrated Europe in nine of the last 12 events.
The decision drew a lot of complaints on social media and good support for Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, who was named ‘Captain America’ and enjoyed his role in the American Cup competitions.
Several of the tweets were critical of Stricker, one referring to him as a “coward,” and others basically accused the captain of omitting Reed. including those who humiliated Stricker.
He has not tweeted since the start of the tour championship last week.
Reed, 31, is a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour who has been involved in several rules controversies. He also opposed the decision in the aftermath of the Ryder Cup 2018 in France that separated him from his partner Jordan Spieth – a decision that Reed said surprised him.
Last month was Reed hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia and said during the tour championship his life was in danger. He could play – he was tied for 17th place in Atlanta – but he was forced to drive from his home in Houston to Atlanta because doctors were afraid it would be difficult for him to fly.
“Patrick Reed … it was a very difficult call,” Stricker said. “He’s a great competitor. He brings a lot of match golf. His record at the Ryder Cup is pretty good. It was a very difficult call. It was only the uncertainty about his health and the lack of play that led to our decision. ”
Reed has a record of 7-3-2 in three games in the Ryder Cup, with three single wins. But none of his team victories came without Spieth, with whom he has played all four team matches in France Justin Thomas.
Reed was 1-2 in France and was 1-3 in Melbourne during the 2019 Presidents Cup.