Former Open champion and two-time Ryder Cup winner Justin Leonard didn't hold back when providing his thoughts on the drama that unfolded after the Ryder Cup, saying Patrick Reed has plenty of fences to mend.
"I don't remember anybody really burning bridges the way Patrick Reed has, the night after and the next day after the Ryder Cup," Leonard said on the Golf Channel podcast. "It's a first for me."
Reed made controversial comments regarding American team captain Jim Furyk and former playing partner Jordan Spieth, which snowballed into an anonymous U.S. team member reportedly saying Reed is "so full of s---."
"He's got a lot of work to do," Leonard added. "I mean, if he's sitting on the fence of making a team, I don't see how you pick him to be on your team at this stage unless he really does a lot of work the next couple years, between now and Whistling Straits, to mend some of those relationships, and ask for forgiveness and be contrite and do all the right things."
It also seems like Reed's family is getting involved in the conflict. A Twitter account with his wife's name on it blasted Spieth and the team in a series of tweets. His mother-in-law also called the American Ryder Cup process a "buddy system" in a series of critical Facebook comments.
Reed currently sits in the American team's last automatic qualifying spot for the 2019 Presidents Cup. As the U.S. squad's next event, the tournament could determine if the strained relationships have been repaired before the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.