U.S. OpenJune 19, 2015

Get excited: We've got a Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed final pairing at the U.S. Open

At the Wyndham Championship in 2013, Patrick Reed survived a series of brilliant shots by Jordan Spieth to unleash one of his own -- from the trees on the right side of the fairway, on the second playoff hole -- to win his first professional title. Spieth had already won once, and though we may not have known it at the time, the drama in Greensboro harkened a terrific partnership and rivalry that has become one of the most interesting two-man dynamics in American golf.

Both were NCAA national champions. Both are rising stars on the PGA Tour. Both are top-15 golfers in the world. And both seem inextricably tied in with the other, their young careers intertwined in a way that implies a sort of dual destiny.

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Reed and Spieth joined forces at the 2014 Ryder Cup, and were among the few bright spots for Team USA, claiming two victories and one draw in three matches, including a Friday morning drubbing of Europe's match-play guru Ian Poulter. Reed went on to win his Sunday singles match to take home 3.5 points, tops among American players, and his ham-and-egg relationship with Spieth is one that will hopefully continue as they try to break the crushing European hold on the Cup.

"I knew he was a great player before. So it didn't surprise me that he went over and played really well over there with me," Reed said of his Ryder Cup experience with Spieth. "I didn't really learn anything different from him."

This year, at the Valspar Championship in March, Reed made an excellent sand save to force his way into a playoff with Spieth, where he hoped to repeat his 2013 win. This time, though, the young Texan returned the favor from Greensboro by sinking a 28-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to take the title. The next month, Spieth won again at Augusta National. It was the first major championship between them, and Spieth rose above Reed on golf's ladder.

Now, here they are again, tied after 36 holes at the U.S. Open, with the entire field beneath them. They'll play together Saturday, and for fans of golf's young stars, it's almost an ideal situation. Only one thing could make it better, and that's if we get a Sunday encore.

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