One day closer to the Masters. You can almost feel it coming in the air as it edges closer and closer. The feeling I got when I saw the commercial during an Old Dominion game was similar to the pre-Christmas feeling.
You know the feeling that I’m talking about; butterflies in your stomach as you become rife with anticipation. For today’s featured player profile, we’re going to take a look at last year’s champion at Augusta National, Patrick Reed.
Reed, has two major accomplishments that do not relate to controversy; winning the Masters and being paired up with Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup (which as we know, was a HUGE debacle).
Since his iconic win at Augusta National in April of 2018, the newly crowned champion and widely regarded villain, has been shrouded in controversy. Reed has been accused of cheating and stealing during his time at the University of Georgia.
According to an article on espn.com, teammates accused him of hitting another players ball as well as stealing a watch, a Scotty Cameron putter and 400 dollars. There has been no shortage of headlines relating to Patrick Reed. Unfortunately for him, not many of them have to do with his success in golf.
The Ryder Cup
Another source of controversy came during the 2018 Ryder Cup, where he was notably and controversially paired up with Tiger Woods. One would think that being paired with arguably the greatest golfer to ever play the sport would be a great draw. Of course, not to Patrick Reed.
Reports stated that Patrick was “blindsided” when Jim Furyk, Team Captain for Team USA, announced the pairing. The article from the New York Post goes on to say that Reed preferred to be paired up with Jordan Spieth, who did not want to be paired up with him.
Reed went 1-2 in Ryder Cup play, after dropping both matches against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood. He did win his singles match on Sunday (nypost.com).
The 2018 Masters
The most notable moment in his career to date, is winning his first green Jacket in last years 2018 Masters. Reed was able to put on the green jacket after narrowly holding off a late charge from Rickie Fowler. That was largely on the back of an electric Friday and Saturday where he shot 6-under and 5-under, respectively. That put him in pole position heading into Sunday.
Reed, in typical fashion, already knew what was on the champions dinner menu, potentially solidifying himself as the cockiest player in world golf per golfdigest.com.
With Patrick Reed missing the cut at the Valspar Championship currently at 10-over, he is playing far from his best golf. My prediction: He follows in the footsteps of the past two Masters champions, Sergio Garcia and Danny Willett, and misses the cut.
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