What to Make of Patrick Reed’s Troubled Past

April 9, 2018

The 2018 Masters Tournament has come to a close, and as always, the final round was thrilling to watch! Former Augusta State University golf team member Patrick Reed won with a score of -15. His closest competitor, Rickie Fowler, ended the tournament at -14.

During the first week in April 2018 when it counts the most, Reed played better than anyone else.

Like some of you, I’ve read stories about Patrick Reed’s troubled past—prior to this year’s tournament. And now thanks to many folks I follow on social media, I’ve seen a few more stories since he won. And I’ve seen many more whines and complaints about him winning as opposed to competitors like Rickie Fowler, ’15 champion Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy.

To be honest, Reed, 27, wasn’t my top preference to win the Masters. I enjoy watching Fowler, Spieth, McIlroy, and others play golf, especially at Augusta, and would have been excited for any of them to win! But Reed is well known around Augusta, thanks to his contributions to Augusta State University’s golf team in 2010 and 2011, helping ASU take the NCAA Division I Championship both years. As a fellow alumnus of what is now known as Augusta University, I was happy to see Reed put on the Green Jacket! His determination to succeed at Augusta was intriguing.

It saddens me to read about Reed’s broken relationship with his parents and sister, and how his parents have apparently tried to reach out to him numerous times in the past several years with no reciprocation on Reed’s part. I can only pray that he and his family find a way to mend those relationships for a brighter, healthier future.

It also saddens me to see people on social media calling him names and sharing their disappointment that he won based on a mixture of facts and rumors from Reed’s personal life. That needs to stop—Reed won the tournament fair and square by playing great golf. During the first week in April 2018 when it counts the most, he played better than anyone else. Before we throw stones, let’s give him a chance to be the Masters champion he is and see what happens next. Congratulations on your big win, Patrick Reed!

President Trump tweeted his congratulations Sunday evening:

(Photo by Andy Hunter)

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