Patrick Reed’s menu for the 2019 Masters Champion’s dinner

David Lord Columnist

By David Lord, David Lord is a Roar Expert

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    It’s a year away, but as the Masters defending champion, Patrick Reed will be totally responsible for the traditional Champion’s pre-tournament dinner menu.

    One meal that certainly won’t be served will be humble pie.

    Yesterday the 27-year-old Texan, one of the most polarising golfers on the planet, held off spectacular final round charges from Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, two of the most popular, to don the coveted green jacket.

    The massive Augusta crowd showed its hand on the first tee.

    Reed, seeking his first major, received a polite welcome, but Rory McIlroy, needing the Masters to complete a career grand slam, was greeted with a substantially warmer reception.

    And that was the pattern of the day.

    Did it worry Reed?

    Not on your life, he drew inner strength from the disparity that held him in good stead through a tough time over 18 holes.

    That’s been the Patrick Reed way throughout his career.

    He was sacked from the University of Georgia golf team, best described by Jason Payne, the assistant coach.

    “There is no doubting the ability of Patrick as a golfer, it was Patrick as a person that we chose not to associate with.”

    Transferring to Augusta State where he led them to two NCAA Division One titles in 2010 and 2011, Reed was again unpopular, preferring to be a loner.

    In 2015, an ESPN poll rated Reed the second most unpopular golfer on the PGA Tour after Bubba Watson.

    Their reactions were poles apart.

    Watson said – “If people don’t like me then I’ve got to improve, and prove them wrong”.

    And he keeps trying to do just that.

    Reed just couldn’t give a stuff, and still doesn’t.

    Most of his current unpopularity stemmed from winning his first tournament – the Wyndham Championship in 2013.

    Despite being ranked 44 in the world at the time, Reed blotted his copybook by claiming he was now among the world’s top five golfers.

    The PGA Tour has a strong and respectful bond among its members, but Reed is only interested in Reed.

    But the ultimate litmus test is the Augusta faithful, they are always brutally honest.

    Only three of the last seven Masters champions have been the recipients of off-the-Richter-Scale salutes – Adam Scott in 2013, Jordan Spieth in 2015, and Sergio Garcia last year.

    Watson in 2012 and 2014, Danny Willett in hanging on to beat Spieth in 2016, and Reed received what could be called polite, rather than passionate, receptions.

    Yet in a strange switch in climate, Patrick Reed will be high on the support stakes when he represents Team USA in the Ryder Cup.

    Two years ago Reed was dubbed Captain America for his outstanding golf in the last Ryder Cup, yet he was still a pain in the butt.

    That’s when the inmates take over the asylum.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn't get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world's great sporting spectacles

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    • April 10th 2018 @ 12:40pm
      Monday QB said | April 10th 2018 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

      David, lots of people jumping on with this type of article post yesterday’s result. I’m not here to defend reed (I don’t know him and wasn’t cheering for him yesterday – it was Rahm for me…not that you asked!!) or to argue that anything being outlined in these articles is or isn’t correct (not a matter for me). But what I will say is that reed seemed, at least publicly, to be polite, thankful and humble in victory yesterday and the ‘media pile on’ that’s happened since has a bit of tall poppy syndrome about it. Victory isn’t the right of the most popular and as ‘special’ a place as the masters is, the galleries there are no more or less astute when apportioning their affection on players than anywhere else.

      • April 11th 2018 @ 10:00pm
        John Erichsen said | April 11th 2018 @ 10:00pm | ! Report

        A lot of the dislike for Reed appears to go back to his college days and concerns over his honesty and integrity, both on the course and in the locker rooms. If not for that baggage, most fans could care less about his abrasive personality. He was fairly gracious after his Masters win yesterday,despite virtually recounting his round shot by shot.
        Reeds parents are local residents and Reed concluded his college golf career at Augusta State College. He, in effect, is a local boy, winning on the biggest stage and when he holed the winning putt the lack of eruptive celebration from the fans was very noticeable.
        Like you, I don’t know Reed. I appreciate his passion when representing his country and respect his golf game, but find him hard to like. Some in the know say he plays most practice rounds alone. The theory is that he isn’t liked by his peers so he has few options for practice rounds. That’s quite sad really.
        Even sadder, in my opinion, is that this very special day couldn’t be shared with more of his family because of damaged relationships with his parents. It would appear that resilience is a strength Reed possesses in spades.

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      April 10th 2018 @ 5:19pm
      David Lord said | April 10th 2018 @ 5:19pm | ! Report

      Simply Monday QB, good guys don’t always win. On the other side of the coin you would rather your son played his sport like a Jordan Spieth, than a Patrick Reed.

    • April 11th 2018 @ 2:42am
      Ozinsa said | April 11th 2018 @ 2:42am | ! Report

      Difficult bloke to warm to but geez he showed some courage in that last round. Every time somebody got close (or he made an error) he came right back with a birdie or a great par save. Serious balls.

      I could name 7-8 blokes in the mix I’d prefer had won but he earned it for sure

    • April 11th 2018 @ 6:42am
      Ironmonger said | April 11th 2018 @ 6:42am | ! Report

      Can you give us some examples? Why did he get kicked off the UG team? What did he do? When I read you say that he claimed to be amongst the top golfers in the world, all I can think is a) he’s aspirational which is pretty standard for elite sportsmen; b) one swallow doth not a summer make

    • April 11th 2018 @ 9:33pm
      John Erichsen said | April 11th 2018 @ 9:33pm | ! Report

      One thing that won’t be on Reed’s menu is humble pie.

    • April 11th 2018 @ 10:01pm
      John Erichsen said | April 11th 2018 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

      Well said David!

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