To say the least, the build-up for the big match between American golfers Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth at the World Golf Championship on Friday has been fun to watch.
Both men appear ready to go, with Reed getting some last minute remarks in just before they get the ball rolling.
Just a few days after Reed aimed a dig at Spieth during his final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Reed has fired another cheeky shot at his compatriot.
As you can see below, Reed was asked about Spieth’s biggest strengths.
However, the 27-year-old turned down the opportunity to praise Spieth and instead humourously referred back to their time as playing partners at the Ryder Cup.
Chuckling, Reed responded: “I don’t know, my back still hurts from last Ryder Cup.”
He was joking about having to do everything to win matches in the 2016 Ryder Cup because his partner, now opponent, was playing poorly at the time.
Since Reed and Spieth were selected to be in the same pool of the draw on Monday night, the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup partners – who boast a record of 8-1-3 together – haven’t been able to escape each other.
Reed said his phone started blowing up as soon as the two wound up in the same pool, while Spieth didn’t walk 20 feet Tuesday upon his arrival to Austin Country Club before hearing his first question about Reed.
It will be a battle between the measured cool of Spieth, who plays well on Madison Avenue, and the combustible, fist-pumping Reed, who can play well in a dark alley.
This match-up could get feisty very quickly, as these guys were always trying to outdo each other when they were teammates.
There you have it. Two different players with the same goal in mind: to win.
Spieth or Reed will be one of 16 players who will advance out of pool play and head into Saturday’s round four.