In a clubhouse full of champions, Patrick Reed is becoming a legend.
Reed and Jordan Spieth combined to beat Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose 2&1 in the last match of the afternoon to give the US a 9-1/2 to 6-1/2 lead in points over the Europeans entering Sunday’s singles play.
The US needs five points to win the title. Europe needs eight points to retain it. The three-point lead is one fewer than the US had at Medinah in 2008, when Europe rallied from down 10-6 for a victory.
“We’re one closer than we were at Medinah,” Rose said. “It’s going to be a monumental challenge tomorrow. We’re going to put out our lineup and we’re going to look at each other man-to-man tomorrow. It’s going to be eyeball-to-eyeball on the first tee, no partners, no friends out there on the golf course. Just go out and try to put a point on the board. That’s everybody’s mission.”
Reed will go up against Rory McIlroy on Sunday. McIlory has become the heel of the tournament for some American fans, getting more and more vocal as he and Thomas Pieters have gone undefeated through the first two days of play.
A fan screamed an obscenity at McIlroy between holes and got ejected as a result. A total of four fans have been ejected over the first two days of the tournament.