Patrick Reed Haters

I’ve got some bad news.

Jim Rome
February 24, 2020 - 12:55 pm
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If you love to hate Patrick Reed—which pretty much all of you do—then I’ve got some bad news. This dude sits down at his table and inhales it. Three times a day. Demands seconds. And asks to the see the dessert menu. The more you hate him, the more he feeds off of it and converts it into rocket fuel. 

Check out this guy’s week—from front to back…

Brooks Koepka—arguably the voice, if not the face of golf—shreds this dude on siriusxm calling him an intentional cheater who must have been building sand castles in the waster bunker back when Reed plowed a mountain of dirt from behind his ball. 

That was Monday. 

Two days later—longtime PGA Tour broadcaster, Peter Kostis, jumps on a podcast, say he’s not holding back anymore—and outs Reed on four different instances he’s seen the guy improve his lie. 

And with golf being so damn mental and between the ears, you’d think a guy getting turned inside out like that would crumble and disappear and fade and no-show at a WGC event in Mexico. You’d think that—but you’d be wrong. Because Patrick Reed just beat Rory, and Bryson, and Rahm, and Justin Thomas in one of the most the log-jammed, star-studded Sunday final rounds you’ll ever see outside of a major.

Five of the world ranked top-15 players were in the final two groups yesterday. And with 1.8 million on the line and 550 FedEx Cup points to go with it—Patrick Reed outplayed them all on his way to an incredible and improbable victory given the noise surrounding him. Rory’s putter went ice cold. JT’s driver got loose. Jon Rahm’ Saturday magic didn’t carry over. And Bryson three-putted on 17 to clear the way for Pat Reed to win in the face of all his haters. 

And he did. 3 birdies in his final 4 holes. And one giant eff-you to everyone pulling against him. 

Look, it’s a rare dude who plays better when everyone wants to see him choke. Not just in golf, but in any sport. Only a few guys can go to a place where they can convert that kind of hate into that kind of fuel. And lke it or not, Pat Reed is one of those guys. After the round yesterday he said, “I’m used to it. All I can control is me and what I do on and off the golf course. And I feel like I’m improving each day on and off the golf course and setting a good example for the next generation coming up.”

That’s such an awesome quote especially given how horrible it reads. You hear that line about improving on and off the golf course and you can’t help but think—yeah, you’re improving on the golf course. Improving your lie multiple times according to Pete Kostis. And as for improving off the golf course—I have no idea how threatening legal action against the GOLF Channel for calling you a cheater is indicative of that, but whatever. And then the icing on top, about setting a good example for the next generation. That line is so good. Nobody would accuse Patrick Reed and his family estrangement, and tirades against camera men, and his caddy punching fans, and his Ryder Cup drama, and documented cheating of setting a good example. No one except Reed. Which is awesome.

There’s blocking out the noise and then there’s selective hearing and revisionist history.

In Patrick Reed’s mind he’s a role model. In reality, he’s a guy who keeps on winning despite his warped view of himself. And it’s amazing.

One day after cheating in the Bahamas (allegedly) he shot a 66.

One day after his caddy got into it with a fan at the President’s Cup, he curb-stomped C.T. Pan in singles for his first point of the week.

And less than one week after Koepka and Kostis shredded him he went out and beat the best players in the world over four days and called himself a good example to the next generation.

This guy is a heel and doesn’t know it. And he’s winning despite everyone hating him. 

If golf needs a villain—no one has ever played the role better than this guy. And the best part is—he thinks he’s the hero.

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