Justin Thomas backs Jim Furyk in Ryder Cup pairings tiff with Patrick Reed

Justin Thomas, from left, Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed
Justin Thomas, from left, Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed (Getty Images)

If Patrick Reed was surprised by U.S. captain Jim Furyk’s Ryder Cup pairings, then he apparently was the only one. 

Justin Thomas on Wednesday backed Furyk in the multi-tiered drama that has lingered since Team USA’s blowout loss in France.

Thomas told reporters at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia said that he knew about the team pairings well ahead of the event in France.

That counters comments Reed made.

“That was something obviously that had been talked about in advance, but all I was worried about was that I knew I was going to play with Jordan and we wanted to take care of our match,” Thomas told reporters in Kuala Lumpur (via GolfWeek).

Reed touched off the controversy by saying he was “blindsided” by being grouped with Tiger Woods at Le Golf National rather than Jordan Spieth, with whom he played in 2016 as the U.S. broke a losing streak that stretched back to 2008.

Reed caused more drama by saying the problem was “Jordan not wanting to play with me.”

Furyk responded by saying the pairings were 100 percent his call and that all concerned had been briefed about them well in advance.

Thomas and Spieth were 3-1 together, and Thomas was 4-1 overall.

“You do your job, and Jordan’s and mine was to go out and get a point and that’s what we were fortunate enough to get at least three out of four,” Thomas said. “But, no, everybody has their own thoughts and feelings, but at the end of the day we just didn’t play well enough.”

Reed struggled playing alongside Woods, as the pair went winless in Europe’s 17.5-10.5 victory.