Twitter Thread Perfectly Justifies Patrick Reed’s Exclusion From the U.S. Ryder Cup Team

Published 09/09/2021, 3:06 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Patrick Reed of the United States looks on. REUTERS/Toby Melville


Kevin Van Valkenburg, ESPN writer, took to Twitter to answer the question on most people’s mind: Why Patrick Reed doesn’t deserve to be on the Ryder Cup team. A tweet booing Steve Stricker instigated Valkenburg to make his arguments public in favour of Stricker’s decision.

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The outrage followed when Patrick Reed failed to make the 2021 Ryder Cup team. Reed, who for his past stellar performances at the Ryder Cup, has gained himself the title of ‘Captain America’, did not automatically qualify. Moreover, his name was omitted from the captain’s wildcard picks and thus, he lost his chance to play at his 4th Ryder Cup.

 

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In his tweets, Valkenburg stressed on the fact that although Reed’s past performances at the cup have been praise-worthy, he is not in shape. He was suffering from pneumonia in the past month, and in his own words, feared for his life. He went on to say that Reed’s game has deteriorated in the last few years and even criticized his selection for the President’s Cup in 2019.

What do the others have to say about Patrick Reed’s omission?

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“That was a very, very difficult call,” Stricker admitted. “Kind of lost sleep over that one. He’s a tremendous competitor. He brings a lot to match-play golf. His record here at the Ryder Cup is pretty darned good…It was just the uncertainty of his health and really the lack of play that led to our decision down the stretch. I apologized many times to him and just wanted to make sure that he knew it was a very difficult decision.”

Jun 17, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Patrick Reed waves after his putt on the second green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

A fan said via Twitter, “This was the best decision Stricker made; keeping Reed off the team.”

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What do you think of the decision? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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