You’ll have to really do some hard searching to find someone who is overjoyed with Patrick Reed’s victory in the 82nd Masters.
His parents were not on the grounds at Augusta National, he isn’t on speaking terms with them — hasn’t been for a long time.
There was no entourage from Augusta State University. After all, he played there, but was hardly a popular guy on that golf team.
Forget the University of Georgia, they booted him out of that program.
At best, Reed is a convoluted character, complicated, the perfect “me-first” guy and sometimes that translates better to life in professional golf than life in general. If there is a villain in professional golf, he fits the bill perfectly. He’s no Captain America, he’s more Darth Vader.
There was no thunderous applause for Reed on Sunday at Augusta National. He got what we call “polite applause.” Heck, Charley Manson might have gotten “polite applause” at Augusta National.
Like it or not, Reed, complete with his dubious background baggage, now sports a Green Jacket.
Heard one astute observer sum it up best:
“I was really pulling against him, didn’t want him to win at all. But now that I read all the stuff on his background and history, I feel kinda bad for him.”
Not sure you’ll find any golf parents wanting their kids to grow up with Reed’s persona. Not sure sponsors are all that keen on him either. He is playing right now without an equipment contract. Callaway found him difficult and had he still been with them, Callaway folks would have been horrified at those close-ups of him using that PING driver.
But no matter how we feel about Reed as a person, we’re stuck with him, for better or worse as the 2018 Masters champion.
Now for these casual post-Masters observations:
Rory McIlroy will keep telling himself that he’s going to win The Masters one day. The Masters puts HUGE emphasis on great putting and as long as it does, Rory’s going to have problems. Rory’s opening drive Sunday went 45 degrees offline to the right, perhaps the worst opening drive by a serious contender on Sunday in Masters history. He recovered, saved par then blew his chances to tie for the lead when he missed a five-footer for eagle at two. He’d go on to miss at least four more short, crucial putts on Sunday. ALL putts are crucial on Sunday at a major
“One hundred percent,” McIlroy said when asked if he believes if he will win the Masters at some point. “I play this golf course well. I just haven’t played it well enough at the right time.”
Sure Rory, keep telling yourself that.
Rickie Fowler can leave Augusta feeling really good about himself. His game is looking really good going into the rest of the season and the patrons were pulling really hard for him down the stretch Sunday.
“I am ready to go win a major,” Fowler declared. “But this was kind of the first major week that I understood that, and know that, and felt that.”
Fowler shot 65-67 on the weekend with 11 birdies, an eagle and just a single bogey.
“So I’m ready to go,” Fowler said. “I’m really looking forward to this year and the three majors that are left.”
Amen to that.
Jordan Spieth nearly pulled off the greatest comeback in Masters history.
Jordy was nine back at the start of the final round.
“I almost pulled off the impossible,” Spieth said.
With a 30-foot birdie at the 16th, Spieth moved into a tie with Reed.
Playing ahead of Reed, Spieth applied all kinds of pressure before making bogey at 18.
“This round was fantastic,” Spieth said. “Nobody’s going to have a great Sunday every year at Augusta National. To be able to have a chance to win this tournament five years in a row is really, really cool. And that’s how I’m going to take today.”
Spieth posted 8-under-par 64, the lowest final round in Masters history. He stepped to the 18th tee looking to make one more birdie to shoot 62 and equal the lowest final round in any major. It would have gotten him to 15 under, Reed’s winning score.
As for that final tee shot by Spieth, he’s now right behind Rory in the ranks of guys in contention hitting one of the worst drives at 18 ever seen. Went all of 150 yards and someone joked his ball ended up where Condoleeza Rice tees off when she plays.
There was huge money paid out on Sunday by the members of Augusta National.
Reed pocketed $1,980,000 for that win.
Rickie collected $1,188,000 for not winning.
Jordy’s foul-up at 18 cost him but he still gets $748,000 for solo third.
Jon Rahm’s fourth place finish was worth $528,000.
Chez Reavie finished last and got $26,400.
Even the guys who missed the cut got paid to the tune of $10,000 each. Now you know why Ian Woosnam keeps playing.