Patrick Reed is as notorious these days as Tiger Woods.
Just not for the same reasons.
Late last year, at the Hero World Challenge, Reed fell victim to the “Couch Officials” and Twitter Police.”
Reed was seen “improving his lie in a bunker and grounding his club.
Reed denied doing this to purposefully improve his lie and fought against the critics.
The second part of this is, of course, what got him in trouble. As long as you don’t argue with the twitter mob and “Old-Man Golf Media,” you are fine.
The minute you stand up and defend yourself is when it gets hairy. However, I would be remiss to make it seem that this is where the drama started with Reed.
Reed’s issues go back to his first year of collegiate golf in 2008 at the University of Georgia.
Reed received a citation for underage drinking and possessing a fake ID (he pleaded guilty to this misdemeanor), and was accused of cheating and stealing from teammates.
Though no hard evidence has ever been released or presented, the coaches felt they had to discipline Reed with dismissal.
Reed vehemently denies the allegations of his teammates. According to sources inside the program at the time, Reed’s personality didn’t mesh well with his teammates.
We’ve all been a part of a team and know how drama can be. Let’s look at this from Reed’s side and say that the other players didn’t like him.
It is plausible that they banded together with the same story to get Reed dismissed.
I am not saying that this is definitively what happened, but it is just as plausible as him doing it. Reed was able to transfer to Augusta State, where he led the team to back-to-back Div I titles in 2010 and 2011.
However, is has been told that trouble followed Reed to Augusta State with reports of cheating and rifts with teammates.
Again, no actual proof or evidence has ever come to light of the cheating allegations.
Before we move on to the next batch of “issues,” I want to touch on the “rifts with teammates” and “personality issues.”
Reed is a competitor. Reed is a golfer. He was there to do a job.
This is the way he did and currently does operate. He is there to win tournaments and give his all on the golf course.
He is not there to make friends and puff up somebody else’s ego or make them feel good about themself. To me, a lot of this sounds like petty college drama that you might see at a fraternity house.
I would know, I was a Pike. You are always going to have those guys who think they are the big bad wolf and that their shit doesn’t stink.
To me, it sounds like Reed could have possibly been a victim of a similar circumstance.
Following college, Reed went pro and lit the world on fire. He would collect three tour victories as well as become the youngest player to win a WCG event at 23 years old.
Of course, there had to be something to steal the spotlight. NBC ran an unreleased interview during the match, during which Reed calls himself a top-5 player.
At the time, he was ranked 44th, and the win would only bump him to 20th. A lot of people viewed it as arrogant, unbecoming, and distasteful.
Since when is confidence a bad thing?
This guy fully backed up his claims with his performance in college and then doing what he did his first year on Tour.
Reed had this to say when asked about following the victory:
“I’ve worked so hard, I’ve won a lot in my junior career, did great things in my amateur career, was 6-0 in match play in NCAAs, won NCAAs two years in a row, got third individually one year and now I have three wins out here on the PGA Tour,” he said. “I just don’t see a lot of guys that have done that, besides Tiger Woods, of course, and, you know, the other legends of the game. It’s just one of those things, I believe in myself and — especially with how hard I’ve worked — I’m one of the top-five players in the world. To come out in a field like this and to hold on wire to wire like that, I feel like I’ve proven myself.”
I guess because he was a rookie, he was expected to keep his head and just hit the ball.
Golf is 90% mental. It isn’t required to be a top 25 athlete in the world to be good at golf. If you aren’t there mentally and doubt yourself, then you will NEVER succeed on the golf course. So let’s go ahead and drop the fake outrage over this “incident.”
Because of being in the public eye, Reed has had to deal with the criticisms concerning his family life.
As the story goes, the estrangement began in 2012 surrounding Reed’s marriage to now wife Justine (Karain) Reed.
The two are happily married and have two children. The report that is in the open is that they expressed concerns of him marrying so young.
Let me start here.
Who knows what those conversations were like behind closed doors and what was said. The events surrounding my marriage were ones that caused tensions and issues that took years to work through.
With that said, the things that may have been said behind closed doors may have been too painful and harsh to work through. Family has a way of doing that to you.
Reed has every right to handle his family affairs with his wife the way he sees fit.
If he feels like he gets the support and love he needs from his in-laws and he wasn’t getting that from his blood family, who are we to say anything.
So let’s shut that conversation down right now.
A couple of other issues have occurred during tournaments concerning the rift between his family and his in-laws and wife.
One of note at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in 2014 where Justine asked to have them removed from the grounds because of their intention of ambushing Patrick.
It was reported they wanted to “meet their granddaughter and try to re-establish the connection.” Coming to his place of work, when he’s not expecting it, with third party acquired tickets doesn’t seem a very productive way to accomplish this.
Before we dive into this next one, I would like to preface something; the way Reed handled the situation following the Ryder Cup in 2018 was inappropriate to me.
The U.S. had just got drummed, and Reed made very harsh criticisms concerning the leadership of the captain and his strategy.
I will say I agreed with his comments, but I did not agree with how he approached it.
In the post-tournament press conference, Spieth and Reed were asked why they weren’t paired together in Paris considering their strong record as a team.
Spieth answered, so did captain Jim Furyk, but Reed didn’t.
Reed, however, had a lot to say when Times reporter Karen Crouse got a hold off him after.
“I was looking at [Spieth] like I was about to light the room up like Phil in ’14,” Reed said. Mickelson unloaded during the loser’s press conference in 2014, criticizing captain Tom Watson after he was benched for Saturday’s sessions.
Reed was quoted as saying:
“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me. I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success. He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.”
He threw captain Furyk under the bus for benching him on Saturday afternoon, “For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice.” Justine Reed, Patrick’s wife, had turned to Twitter over the weekend to defend her husband.
“Maybe you should ask Jordan,” she told one user in reference to the Spieth/Reed split.
She also said coverage of her husband “unspeakably awful.” Reed defeated Tyrrell Hatton in the Sunday singles for his only win of the week.
My issue here is calling out a teammate directly and the extremely public criticism after an embarrassing showing at Le Golf National.
Furyk was in over his head. I am a huge Spieth fan, but again I agree with Reed here.
You have the opportunity to go back-to-back in the Ryder Cup. YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO WIN.
In this scenario, it was playing with someone who isn’t your best friend. For goodness sake, the man had won the Masters earlier that year. He had the nickname “Captain America” bestowed upon him for his performance in the 2016 Ryder Cup.
It sounds like someone I would want to play with.
Speaking of 2016, let’s take a look at what Reed has done for the U.S. team. In 2014 and 2016, both winning years, he earned the U.S. Team 3.5 points.
The U.S. has won every President’s Cup Reed has played in. He brings something to the table that makes those teams better, and it can’t be denied.
Then there’s the camera crew conflict.
In July 2018 at the Porsche European Open, Reed made headlines for negative reasons again. About to swing, a member of the production crew moved and made a noise, causing Reed to back off his ball.
Non-golfers can keep their mouths shut here. Until you’ve been in a competitive tournament trying to play at a high level and you are fully locked ina dn someone does this breaking that concentration, your opinion does not matter.
The issue came with the reaction and this quote:
“You know what? No. I need y’all to to go over there at that side of the green,” he said, pointing across the green. “Camera guy too, sorry. Because he’s part of you. He lost privileges by going like that with change.”
The crew refused to honor the request of the caddy who was trying to handle this calmly, so Reed had to step in. I get the reaction.
I am non-confrontational, so it is not what I would have done, but everyone is different.
Reed has been unfairly judged his whole career.
It is continuously reported that no one on Tour likes him. That he is a black sheep, and no one has anything good to say about him.
Please see below: “I don’t really know him, even though we played on the Ryder Cup team together,” says Ryan Moore. “He keeps to himself and does his own thing.” “He’s a hard worker, he always tries to handle his business, and I respect that,” says Webb Simpson.
“People will always say stuff whether they know him or not. I admire his competitiveness. He loves to compete.”
Simpson and Reed have been on Tour together for six seasons, but Webb could recall only one practice round together.
“I think he gets an untrue rep from who he is,” says Daniel Berger.
“He’s a good guy. You hear people saying he’s not a nice guy or they don’t like him, but I think that’s untrue, to be honest. He’s doing his own thing and doing his job, and he doesn’t care what people think. He has his head down, and they take that negatively.”
It doesn’t sound like they think he is shitty, just a professional doing his job.
We have accepted others like Bryson DeChambeau for their antics.
It is time we absolve Reed and do the same. We have taken his past transgressions way too far in the court of public appeal and ran his name through the mud.
This man has done more for the U.S. Ryder Cup and President’s teams than the vast majority of pas members. He has put together a career that is likely to land him in the World Golf Hall of Fame one day.
He is a phenomenal golfer and should be viewed as such. You don’t have to agree with everything he does, but don’t judge the golfer by his off the course life.
We didn’t treat Tiger this way, and we should treat it with the same respect.