Patrick Reed was the United States' star man on Saturday afternoon and Jordan Spieth said: "That shows he is as good as anybody on the big stage."
Jordan Spieth acknowledged he had been carried by Patrick Reed at Hazeltine on Saturday as he credited his Ryder Cup partner for producing a magnificent display in the final fourball session.
Reed and Spieth - who have been kept together all week by United States captain Davis Love III - had to settle for a half in their morning foursomes match, as Sergio Garcia and Rafael Cabrera Bello staged a comeback from four down with six holes to play.
However, Reed almost single-handedly condemned Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson to a 2 and 1 defeat later in the day, helping the USA open up a healthy three-point cushion ahead of Sunday's decisive singles.
Spieth, who did not win a hole as Reed excelled, told Sky Sports: "We know against Henrik and Justin we needed our best stuff and I rode Patrick's back like nobody's ever ridden a partner before.
"[It was] just incredible, shot after shot and putt after putt that he pulled off.
"That shows he is as good as anybody on the big stage. Boy, that was a lot of fun to be a part of."
Renowned as a fierce competitor, Reed was understandably buoyant after his exceptional performance.
Insisting he was not solely responsible for his and Spieth's victory, he said: "I just felt like we had to make as many birdies as possible. It's a lot easier to make birdies when this guy is freeing me up and having a lot of kick-in pars, allowing me to be a lot more aggressive.
"Let's go some more. I live for this kind of stuff. Any time I can wear red, white and blue, get in front of these fans and finally on home soil - I'm just so energised.
"I can't wait for tomorrow [Sunday]."