At this level, there’s no doubting Patrick Reed is among the greatest golfers on the planet.
However, you understand, there’s additionally no doubting he’s about as likeable because the bloke taking mirror selfies on the health club.
The American received one other event on Monday (AEDT) as he powered to a five-shot win on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open. After all, that’s not the story.
As has seemingly turn into routine with Reed, all anybody can discuss is the person behind the membership. The identical man who, up to now, has performed the dangerous man greater than some other golfer in current reminiscence.
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There was no good thing about the doubt for Reed this time. Simply the doubt. A man with previous transgressions, paired with an abrasive character, who you’re feeling is simply simply getting began on a villainous character arc that has already been determined.
Reed, who pleaded his innocence after one other ‘dishonest’ furore, was cleared by officers. However that didn’t matter within the courtroom of public opinion; the 30-year-old discovered responsible. Once more.
And that’s the issue: there’s historical past.
Reed spent a yr on the College of Georgia earlier than being dismissed from the group, with allegations of dishonest and stealing following him out the door.
They’re allegations, made in Shane Ryan’s Slaying the Tiger: A 12 months Contained in the Ropes on the New PGA Tour, that Reed denies. He claims he was booted for alcohol-related violations, however a press release from Jason Payne, the assistant golf coach at Georgia, paints a unique image.
“Whereas attending to know Patrick by the recruiting course of as a coach, a number of character points got here to gentle, that we as coaches thought we may assist Patrick with,” Payne stated.
“… There isn’t a doubting the power of Patrick as a golfer, it was Patrick as an individual that we selected to not affiliate with. The story that has been reported by Shane Ryan is an correct account of his school profession at UGA—together with the suspicions held by his former teammates.”
After turning skilled, Reed declared himself a “top-five” participant on the planet earlier than he’d performed in a significant, was caught on digital camera calling himself a “f*cking f***ot” after lacking a putt, and earned the nickname ‘Captain America’ for his antics at the Ryder Cup.
In 2018, Reed received the Masters. The person, who completed behind solely Bubba Watson in an ESPN participant’s ballot asking who they’d be least more likely to assist in a struggle, lastly had a significant to go together with the strut.
The next yr, although, the American was caught up in one other scandal. Taking part in on the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas, Reed was penalised two strokes for transferring sand together with his apply swings whereas in a bunker.
“It’s unlucky,” Reed stated after the incident.
“I didn’t really feel it drag, however then once they introduced it as much as me it undoubtedly did drag a number of the sand and due to that it’s thought of a two-stroke penalty,” he stated.
“I believe with a unique digital camera angle they’d have realised that if it was from the facet you’ll have seen that with the backswing it was not enhancing the lie as a result of it was far sufficient away from the golf ball.
“However after seeing that digital camera angle, as a result of it brushed the sand it was a penalty.”
Digicam angle or not, there was little or no forgiveness for Reed, who then copped it — heavily — on the Presidents Cup in Australia.
And now in 2021, Reed is being criticised from all corners for technically doing nothing unsuitable.
“I believe the rule is if you happen to’re doubtful on one thing that’s going to provide you a bonus and it’s not 100%, then you definately sort of go the opposite means,” 2019 Houston Open winner Lanto Griffin stated of Reed’s actions on Sunday.
“So it’s powerful to see, it’s unhappy, sort of pisses us off, nevertheless it’s the best way it’s. Hopefully one thing adjustments and [we] come to a conclusion.”
Xander Schauffele added: “Clearly the discuss amongst the boys isn’t nice, I assume, however he’s protected by the tour and that’s all that issues, I assume.”
If he continues down this path, he may want that safety.