Reed has a record of four wins, three losses and two halved matches from his two Presidents Cup appearances and he was one of the standouts when the United States thumped the global team at Liberty National in 2017.
The decision was hardly a surprise.
Woods will play in his ninth Presidents Cup, while Reed - who missed out on automatic qualification for the United States of America team - will appear for a third time. Barring an unlikely injury crisis there is little chance Reed will cross paths with Spieth in Australia, with Woods overlooking the former world number one after a poor season.
"I have a lot of good friends who are Australian and play out here and because of that I look forward to it and getting those crowds riled up, that's kind of what I like to do".
If Koepka is unable to play, Woods can choose any player to replace him but offered no details Thursday as to who a replacement might be. He also left open the option of adding an assistant captain now that he'll be playing.
Woods said calling Fowler to tell him he didn't make the team was the "toughest call" he had to make.
Everyone is required to play in at least one match ahead of the Sunday singles, meaning Woods only has to play twice. "Two guys who have won Presidents Cup and Zach, who will be a future captain".
"Freddie was pretty ardent".
"It's just golf, you have your highs and lows, and when you're in your lows, champions figure out a way to get out of it and bounce right back up".
For months the biggest debate surrounding the biennial event was whether American captain Tiger Woods should pick himself to play in Melbourne, Australia. "'You're on the team, quit being stupid.' At the time, I haven't even swung a club", Woods said. Ernie Els filled out his worldwide team on Wednesday and has six newcomers.
Some others on the USA workforce include things like Thomas, Simpson, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Matt Kuchar. Reed has never been known to possess much of a filter but his takedown of the USA performance drew condemnation from a slew of former players and pundits.
The International Team includes: Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman, Abraham Ancer, Haotong Li, Cameron Smith, C.T. Pan, Jason Day, Sungjae Im, Adam Hadwin and Joaquin Niemann. The Americans won in 2011 at Royal Melbourne with Woods - a captain's pick - delivering the winning point.
Woods announced himself with his fourth and final pick.
"And I find it interesting talking in the third person", he joked.