Woods had been asked on Saturday if he considered the behavior of the fans disrespectful, and his answer seemed to be directed at the organizers. "Did people say things that were over the top?" Woods asked. "Yes. I heard it. I played in the groups when it happened, and I was on the ropes today as a captain to witness it."
Message delivered. The safety around Reed during his single game was much clearer during the week than at any other time. At least four armed police officers ran the match. They waded onto the bleachers or stopped on the ropes of the gallery to warn spectators who were dishonest.
Karain was outside on Sunday and was replaced by Reed's swing trainer Kevin Kirk. Reed's wife Justine, who used to be his caddy, was nowhere to be seen and deprived Reed of his two main pillars of support. She stayed behind in the team room so as not to become an easy target for Reed's critics.
Fortunately, said Reed, he had Woods in his corner and in his ear.
"Tiger believed in me, so he kicked me out early to get the momentum going," said Reed. "Tiger is such a great captain. It doesn't matter if you are 0 or 3, he will stand behind his boys, no matter what, no matter what they do or what is going on."
He added, "If you have this kind of support, that's why you want to go out and fight."
His teammates said all week that Reed was a bear that would be better not to be provoked, and he proved that he was right against Pan by making birdies in his first four holes – and five of his first six – after seven to take the lead.
When they noticed they weren't getting under Reed's skin – he was watching eight of his 16 holes – the fans rerouted their voices. Instead of burrowing against him, they started supporting Pan, who increased the deficit to 2 before bowing to 4 and 2.