In fairness to him, it might actually have been the only bad one Bjorn made in his entire captaincy, getting his reward as Europe overcame one slight wobble on the last day to record their biggest win in the event since an 18½-9½ triumph at The K Club in 2006.
For after Paris defied the doubters who said the French would not get behind a Ryder Cup, the next one on this continent is in Rome in 2022.
But several Europeans also played in Atlanta, including Francesco Molinari who won all his five matches in Paris.
Reed, the man called "Captain America" after previous Ryder Cup successes, also claimed it was "not smart" of U.S. captain Jim Furyk to leave him out of two sessions.
The Americans had high hopes of winning in Europe for the first time since 1993, with Woods among nine major champions in their ranks, but were blown away after winning the opening three fourball matches on Friday morning. Ian Poulter remained undefeated in Ryder Cup singles, beating world No. 1 Dustin Johnson 2 up by winning four of the last six holes.
But this was more about the Europeans as a team, and they were tougher than ever on a course they know well.
"For Jon to go out in his first Ryder Cup single and beat Tiger Woods, you know, that's a pretty cool thing that you'll have for the rest of your life", said European captain Thomas Bjorn.
"I just try to do things, be professional and obviously I had an wonderful partner in Tommy", he said.
It was formally secured when Molinari won his point on the 16th tee as opponent Phil Mickelson found the water. This is a hard golf course and the Europeans were much better prepared for it. Bjorn picked him anyway, saying he was the heart and soul of the European team, and Garcia responded by going 3-1.
The 47-year-old Irishman, a three-time major victor, has been a vice-captain for the past three Ryder Cups, having made six consecutive appearances as player between 1999 and 2010. "I think Patrick Reed's wife tweeted something", McIlroy said.
"It was awesome", Molinari said. While it sounds like they were important figures in the team room (always good), their on-course play could not have been less inspiring. Woods has played on only one winning team in 1999. He has played with a smile on his face and a glint in his eye, his enthusiasm clearly contagious as the European team closes in on regaining the cup. His captain, Thomas Bjorn, emerged through a mass of cameras and grabbed his star player by both cheeks. "Any one of us deserved to clinch the Cup".
"You can call me insane, but I have every belief that these guys could get it done". He was left to act as a glorified cheerleader for the Americans, at one stage sticking out his belly so it could be patted by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas presumably for good luck.