When Patrick read retrieved his bogey putt from the 72nd hole of last weekend’s Cadillac Championship at Doral, excuse me, Trump National Doral, he became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship event. It marked his third win since last August and vaulted him to third in the 2014 FedEx Cup standings. Add the fact he and his young wife are expecting their first child and this fairy tale appears to be headed towards a bright future.
Many golf fans wondered who this guy was, where he had come from and how could he win a big event in such a short career. To satisfy everyone’s curiosity Reed seized the opportunity during his post round interview on the 18th green to tell viewers who he was and why he won.
The young man has worked hard and his rocketeer rise to stardom is unparalleled in a sport with Spieth’s, McIlroy’s and Bubba’s garnering the most attention. But apparently young Mr. Reed’s comments on how well he was playing and his recent success on tour rubbed a few people the wrong way. C’mon folks, time to move on and not REED anything into it.
Frankly I want to see a player at the top of his game honestly express how he perceives his playing field. A week ago the talk of Jimmy Walker’s recent accomplishments were well documented and he too has had a wonderful season. He might not tell observers in the same manner Patrick Reed did on Sunday and that’s fine. Each player has his own style on the course and behind the mic.
Reed’s insightful evaluation of his past history, his current game, and his level of confidence is much more than we would have gotten from a young Tiger Woods. It wasn’t guarded, restrained or calculating. It was Patrick Reed front and center. That’s what people want to see rather than some conjured facade of a paranoid PGA Tour Player.
Congratulations to Mr. Reed on his achievements so far in a short career. Will he be able to keep it up? Time will tell. As long as he knows who he is and is willing to tell folks how he feels I imagine he might have what it takes to make a mark in this game. Being honest with yourself and others is usually a good place to start when your climbing the fairways of success.