At least in terms of the Ryder Cup, there's a deep acknowledgement in Britain of the value of Europe.
McIlroy was paired in the final group with Woods at East Lake when the 14-time major champion won for the first time in more than five years.
Reed is trying to pass on that same bravado to Ryder Cup rookies such as Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau.
Justin Rose was handed the task of leading Europe's bid to win the Ryder Cup for the third contest in succession as Ian Poulter was left out of the opening session in Paris.
Europe has five major champions, four players among the top 10 in the world.
During the 1977 Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, another one-sided affair, Nicklaus argued that radical change was required if the competition was to have a future.
It's about who they become playing under a flag, for a tour, and playing for each other. "And that's the way we try to be".
Flags were raised, anthems were played and the partisan cheers began late Thursday afternoon to signal the end of a hype and anticipation of a Ryder Cup featuring two of the strongest teams the US and Europe have presented at the same time.
It remains, on the eve of the Ryder Cup outside Paris, the defining image of French golf: Jean Van de Velde losing the British Open in excruciating fashion in 1999, peeling off his socks and shoes to fish his ball out of the silty creek in a final-hole meltdown at Carnoustie. "We haven't won as a United States squad in 25 years on foreign soil, so hopefully that will change this week, as well". They are the holders after stopping Europe's three-cup run in 2016.
But it's not about names.
He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots and European stars Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia, and is already becoming a "vocal" figure in the team room, according to Rory McIlroy. They get the Ryder Cup well.
"Looking back on my entire Ryder Cup career, that's not something that I've really enjoyed and I've really liked seeing", added Woods, whose single-minded focus in his heyday often didn't translate well to playing with a partner.
The Americans showed that at Hazeltine, the first year after the Ryder Cup Task Force meant to build a model of continuity. Bjorn won the Ryder Cup three times as a player and has been an assistant captain on four occasions.
Behind them, Thomas and Spieth lost a 3-up lead, and then Thomas holed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to go 1 up.
Rickie Fowler: No competitive rounds at Le Golf National. Brooks Koepka spent the Saturday night before his first U.S. Open victory on the phone with Dustin Johnson (it wasn't a long conversation). To see him get back there after quite a while off I think is very impressive, and I'm glad to see it.
They have struck up a close friendship in recent months and were on the course together in May when Guardiola found out that City had won the Premier League title. "They spend a lot of time together, and it seems like the togetherness is just a little bit more than maybe it used to be back in the '90s and early 2000s".
Rahm has won titles in both Europe and the United States and is now ranked eighth in the world, and he isn't intimidated by the prospect of taking on the star-studded Americans in front of thousands of fans.
Poulter's starring role in the "Miracle at Medinah" in 2012 guaranteed his place in Ryder Cup folklore, with U.S. players in the past having made no secret of their desire to beat the charismatic Englishman.