Tom Watson on Patrick Reed: "Did I say I liked him?!"

Tom Watson gives his views on Patrick Reed in new interview.

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Wed, 5 Jan 2022

Tom Watson on Patrick Reed: "Did I say I liked him?!"

Does Tom Watson actually like Patrick Reed? Let's just say he admires his mentality following an interview with Golfweek's Adam Schupak.

Watson,72, won eight major titles between 1975 and 1983 and he very nearly re-wrote the record books as the oldest major champion of all time when narrowly losing a playoff to Stewart Cink at the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, aged 59. 

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The legendary 39-time PGA Tour winner has also skippered the United States Ryder Cup side on two occasions, first in 1993 when victorious 15-13 at The Belfry, and in 2014 when defeated 16.5-11.5 at Gleneagles.

The latter of which saw Watson captain a US side featuring Patrick Reed, and it was Golfweek's Schupak who wanted to learn more about that particular relationship. 

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"What was it  that you really liked about Patrick Reed when you were captain of the US Ryder Cup team?" Schupak asked Watson, as the pair sat down at late great Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Golf & Lodge. 

Watson replied: "Did I say I liked Patrick Reed? Are you putting those words in my mouth?"

"I’ll tell you what I liked about Patrick Reed. He was all in on winning. He was really disappointed when he failed.

"He was inconsolable after losing the last hole in the match on Friday, going to a tie I think it was, and he was all in.

"He was just a real tough competitor."

Watson also spoke about a number of other topics including Bryson DeChambeau's driving distance, bifurcation, what he made of his performance at the 2009 Open.

He also provided his views about Phil Mickelson becoming the oldest major champion at the 2021 US PGA Championship, and who he would rather have over a four-foot putt - Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE