After a third round, Patrick Reed was in a speak room during Augusta National, articulate reporters by his day. He had usually scored 67, that done him a initial chairman in 8 years to fire in a 60s for all a initial 3 rounds of a Masters. He was asked about pressure, his iron play, a Ryder Cup. Then came this: “Patrick, it doesn’t take most to do a discerning Twitter hunt to find a lot of people rooting opposite you. Why do we consider that is? Why are there fans that don’t welcome you?” The doubt hung there in a air, while a heat forsaken a notch.
Reed managed a devious grin before he replied: “I don’t know. Why don’t we ask them? we mean, we have no idea, and overtly we don’t unequivocally caring what people contend on Twitter or what they contend if they are entertaining for me or not entertaining for me. I’m out here to do my job, and that’s to play golf.” The Masters isn’t a recognition contest, after all. Which is a good thing for him. There weren’t many entertaining for him on Sunday. Certainly not so many as were pulling for Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth or Rickie Fowler. Reed difficult during Augusta State, and his relatives live in city, though he is frequency a home favourite.
Until now, Reed has been best famous for a approach he plays in a Ryder Cup, where he goes by a nickname Captain America. Spieth, who played with Reed on a final dual teams, and pushed him so tough here on Sunday, says that for Reed a Ryder Cup isn’t about winning so most as “about adhering a blade in”. Back when Reed played a singles during Gleneagles, he done a birdie putt on a 7th afterwards put a finger to his lips to shush a crowd. He enjoyed a impulse so most that he had a picture of it put in conformation on his belt buckle.
That was usually mime things compared to a rest of his swat sheet. In 2014, Reed was hold on mic saying, “Nice fucking three-putt, we fucking faggot”, to himself after he missed a putt during a WGC eventuality in Shanghai. Reed apologised for it, and seemed honestly sorry. But he never regretted a other set of headline-making comments he done that year, when he described himself as “one of a tip 5 players in a world”. He was 23 during a time, and hadn’t even played in a major.
The following year, ESPN asked 103 debate golfers that of their associate pros they’d be slightest expected assistance out in a fight. Reed came second. Spieth tells another story from a Ryder Cup. Reed was trash-talking to a vice-captain, Tiger Woods. “Don’t worry, Patrick, we usually need 74 some-more wins and 14 some-more majors,” Woods told him. “You don’t unequivocally hear Tiger speak about all he’s dropped,” pronounced Spieth, “but he used it there, since he was usually like: ‘Screw this guy. I’m regulating this right now. Who is this guy?’”
Still Reed’s frequency a usually ardent immature golfer on tour, and after 4 years his associate pros have got used his style. It’s when we get a small deeper into a weeds that all becomes some-more complicated. There have always been rumours about Reed’s time during a University of Georgia, before he eliminated to Augusta State. Reed’s always pronounced that he left UGA since of dual celebration offences. But in his book Slaying The Tiger, author Shane Ryan wrote that Reed had also been indicted of intrigue by his team-mates during UGA.
Ryan purported that Reed’s team-mates had hold him perplexing to play a round that wasn’t his during a subordinate tournament, after he’d strike his possess into a rough. Ryan also purported that Reed’s team-mates suspected him of hidden from a locker room. Reed denied both accusations, and constructed a sworn matter from his aged UGA conduct manager Chris Haack, who pronounced he was “not wakeful of any claim of intrigue or theft” opposite Reed while he was during UGA. But afterwards Haack’s assistant, Jason Payne, had another version. “The story that has been reported by Shane Ryan is an accurate comment of his college career during UGA‚” pronounced Payne, “including a suspicions hold by his former team-mates.”
On tip of that, there’s a disorderly attribute between Reed and his family that couldn’t assistance though burble adult this week given his relatives live in Augusta though weren’t during a course.
No one unequivocally knows what goes on inside another family, though a Reeds’ conditions has spilled out into a open. His mother reportedly had her in-laws escorted off a march when they incited adult to support him during a US Open in 2014. And behind in 2016, Reed’s sister described him as a “selfish, terrible stranger” in a Facebook post fortifying her parents.
“If we don’t trust in yourself,” Reed once said, “no one else is going to.” Which is true. But if we do, it doesn’t indispensably follow that they will too. Even if we are a Masters champion.