AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tom Watson’s captaincy of last year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team didn’t sit well with some members of the American squad, but apparently his abrupt style didn’t bother Ryder Cup and former University High golfer Patrick Reed.
The two shared a practice round Monday — Reed the rising young star, Watson the wise two-time Masters champion.
Watson was giving his young companion pointers, including a pointed one on how to play the short but treacherous 350-yard par-4 third.
“If the pin is on the front left, would you hit driver?” Watson asked Reed. Reed apparently replied yes, and Watson quickly replied, “Wrong.”
Reed missed the cut in last year’s Masters, his first.
It’s early, but so far Tiger Woods’ glutes apparently are activated.
Long known as an early practice player at the Masters, the four-time champion worked late into the afternoon at Augusta National Golf Club’s practice facility before taking in a round with friend and former Masters champ Mark O’Meara.
Woods has played just 47 holes on the PGA Tour this season. He withdrew from his last tournament in San Diego in early February because he said his gluteus muscles weren’t “activating.”
Oddsmakers at Ladbrokes make the former world No. 1 a 50-to-1 shot to win here.
It’s another practice day with a heavy slate of interviews, including Woods, defending champion Bubba Watson, current No. 1 Rory McIlroy and three-time champ Phil Mickelson.