Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed reflect on impossible encounter in ‘The Match’

As the finale to the #TOURMatchPlayCup got underway, I pulled out my phone to get my 7th round score. pic.twitter.com/OrK5Eltzn8 — Patrick Reed (@PGA_PatrickReed) November 5, 2017

The Ryder Cup participants Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka faced off in a “The Match” with Phil Mickelson alongside for a new interactive brand designed to make it as easy as possible for fans to track the results of each match, on social media and anywhere else on the web. Fans could buy T-shirts and buttons at the merchandise tables on the course, where employees were apparently hyped for the public to interact. Plenty of cameras were placed on the action, and the company that ran the match, Digital Ally, even used its various zoom lenses to get wide angles on the action.

But what most people will remember is the fact that Reed was defeated and Koepka absolutely trounced Reed, 26-6. The rematch takes place on Monday, but on Sunday, Koepka had some fun by reflecting on the bizarre nature of the event.

“It’s just funny, to be honest with you,” Koepka said. “The day after the Ryder Cup, I walked through those hallways and just kind of [was] like, ‘Oh gosh, what are we doing right now?’ But I didn’t know what I was in for. I’ve never seen anything like this. Brooks just got rattled and I guess he was looking for the fans and stuff like that.

“I just wanted to spank him today. I wanted to do whatever I can to set the tone for the rest of the weekend. You know, we’re playing two rounds. We got to get through 36 holes to determine the winner. I didn’t want to start off on the wrong foot with Brooks or Phil.”

Reed seems not to be taking the loss as well as his opponent. “So I’m the guy who lost,” Reed said after the match on the 18th green. “[Koepka] just played unbelievable. Give him credit. I’m sure the fans will see it’s not his fault.”

Then, once again, Koepka took the opportunity to get in a sly dig at his opponent. “They wanted to see Brooks and myself go head-to-head, so I’m grateful,” he said, before predicting their Monday meeting. “He’s got good golf. I hope you’ll come back with your camera out. I’ll see you Monday.”

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