Putting woes plague Johnson, Spieth and Thomas at Masters

by Steven Clarke April 12, 2018, 6:16
Putting woes plague Johnson, Spieth and Thomas at Masters

Wake up from your Masters Nap, it's time to lock in for the back nine. Sure, the azaleas were there. Given his position seven shots back of the lead, he won't be able to afford such mistakes Sunday.

Reed is part of the youth movement, primarily because of his age (27). He was the best golfer over four days.

Reed grew up wanting to be just like Woods, inside and out.

"But the way those guys played towards the end, when Jordan shoots a 64 today and Rickie goes and shoots 67; having to go shoot under par on my final round of your first major to win, it was hard". His previous deal with Callaway expired at the end of last season, and instead of signing with one company, Reed chose to use this freedom to his advantage.

Patrick Reed may be bathing in the glow that follows a victory at Augusta, but questions need to be answered around revelations of his therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for an ADHD medication that helps to increase concentration.

But this isn't football and golf's etiquette is to celebrate success not revel in misfortune.

It was clear that the gallery, the tournament, CBS and anyone else was looking for Reed to go away.

Call it an APB for ABP - anyone but Patrick. He finished at 15 under, holding off Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth for the win. Rory McIlroy, who surged Saturday with a 65 to put him 11 under, will also be in a shirt that's pink-or "hyper magenta", according to Golf Week. The Evil Empire isn't supposed to win.

Given he's never been a unanimously popular player, Reed donning the green jacket prompted a varied and interesting response. He's hard, prickly and nasty at times.

The rain held off until 4:30 local time when a steady drizzle continued for more than an hour, but it didn't affect many golfers. He was removed from the University of Georgia golf team and suspended from the Augusta State Golf team temporarily.

They won't forget him now. Just like his folks. "But then when Rory walked up to the tee, you know, his cheer was a little louder". His parents live in Augusta, but were not at the tournament. They've been estranged for years. "And I peaked at it four times over the course of my career, and it's tiring". That's never happened before in the modern era.

Reed smiled when he was told of that sentiment and said, "It's going to be a lot of fun". We may at times laugh at the well-worn cliche of the tournament only really starting on the back nine on Sunday but there it was again, in all its glory. This year, Garcia chose an global salad to start, traditional Spanish lobster rice for main course and tres leches ice cream and espuma for desert. Mr. Bardes knew. H's no longer with us either.

The most important family in his life right now is his wife, Justine Karain Reed. "Not that I have anything against Patrick". "There are so many great companies out there, especially golf manufacturers and club wise, when you go on these big deals like this, you kind of get stuck on, you have to use all of the same equipment". I hope he does it for his kids, his folks, himself - for all the people who wish they had another chance with someone but don't. I was trying to hit good shots and good putts and anytime I felt like I hit a good shot I got myself on the wrong side of the pin or gave myself a tricky one down the hill.

Oh yeah. Reed had taken it all on.

We posted our own informal poll on the NewsChannel 6 Facebook page asking if you are happy about Reed's Masters win.

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