Still, on the range and again on the course, he did what any jonesing golfer would do, fidgeting around with players' bags, grabbing a wedge out here and there, making little half-swings.
The event begins with five foursomes matches on Thursday (Friday morning AEST).
One of the key changes for this week was making the original 18th hole, which is a challenging and picturesque par-4, the 14th hole that plays alongside the water toward the clubhouse with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. And each player is required to play twice in the first four sessions prior to Sunday's singles matches. That figured to be the core of American golf for years to come, and it almost was.
Before leaving the dais and ending his press conference at Liberty National Golf Club on Wednesday afternoon, International Team captain Nick Price grabbed the microphone one last time to make an announcement.
Reed is so patriotic, he even broke out a pair of trousers from the 2016 Ryder Cup to wear as part of his third-round scripting in June at the U.S. Open.
Two years ago, the worldwide duo of Grace and Oosty became the second pairing in Presidents Cup history to post a 4-0-0 record, but they'll be dealing with a pair of former Florida State teammates who should mesh well together.
"We play a pretty similar game". He likely won't be missing many more team competitions. He was never won the PGA Tour money title.
Hideki Matsuyama's English still isn't great, but when it comes to communicating with his International Presidents Cup teammates he hopes winning translates into any language.
The former long-time world No.1 ended a 15-month injury stint when he teed off at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December, before missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in late January and playing one round in Dubai immediately after. The Presidents Cup is a chance to see pairings that might work and pairings that might not. A possible Johnson-Koepka four-ball matchup seems enticing.
Matt Kuchar - Fresh off another steady season that lifted Kucher to 12th in the world rankings, he now embarks on his fourth Presidents Cup competition.
"I don't think we've got a lot of pressure because I think a lot of people are kind of writing us off already and we're all solid players", Day stated.
Another US star Rickie Fowler is an advocate of free speech but agreed that the national anthem should be respected. Reed is playing in his second Presidents Cup this week.
But he said that earlier this year he feared he may not be able to do the job.
Tiger Woods was the man of the hour during a Q&A session that was created to be spread across the eight Presidents Cup assistants in the room.