Between Gleneagles in 2014 and Friday’s session at Hazeltine, Patrick Reed didn’t need to do much more to make his Ryder Cup bones. But the fiery Texan managed to add another highlight Saturday afternoon in four-balls with this hole-out for eagle on the par-5 sixth.
Reed’s 3 gave him and partner Jordan Spieth a 1-up lead against Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in the afternoon’s anchor match. It also came after Reed made a birdie on the fifth hole to square the match.
Reed wasn’t finished with his heroics, making a short birdie putt on the seventh hole to give the Americans a 2-up lead ... and then another birdie on the par-3 eighth for a 3-up advantage.
While always a spirited player, Reed no doubt probably felt like he had to make amends after his first true stumble in Ryder Cup competition happened on Saturday morning, when he and Spieth let Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello halve their foursomes match after the Americans held a 4 up lead with six holes to play.
The NBC telecast quickly cut to a clip of Jeff (Boom Baby) Overton holing out a shot for eagle at the 2010 Ryder Cup. Only difference is we never really heard from Overton again. Something tells us that won’t be the case with Reed.