Patrick Reed isn’t flashy, but he gets the job done. And he dressed the part of the evil villain last Sunday in Mexico. Dawned in all black, he chased down the world’s top players on the back 9, enroute to his 2nd World Golf Championship and 8th career victory. Did he sell his soul to the devil? He’s in the bottom 3rd on tour in most ball striking stats like greens in regulation and fairways hit, yet he’s 4th in birdies and 8th in total putting. He simply makes birdies. And I’m not sure, there is another guy on tour right now, besides Tiger, that I would want standing over a must make 10 footer for the win than Reed. On Sunday I watched the world’s best players miss putt after putt down the stretch……and I watched Reed birdie 4 holes in a row. He did what he had to do. He usually does when in contention. Patrick had 45 one-putts for the week. That’s 11 one-putts per day. And it’s not like he was missing greens, chipping it close, tapping in and moving on. Reed is not afraid to win. Even though it seemed he was the only one making putts on the back 9, nobody lost the event per se’. Justin Thomas struggled, yes. But John Rahm followed up his Saturday course-record 61 with a Sunday 67. And Bryson DeChambeau shot a final round 65.
Golf used to be considered a game played best when you are mentally at your best; happy and in a good place. A clear conscience. But this new generation of studs are highly competitive, finely tuned athletes. They use any negative words as fuel, and haul around that chip on their shoulder from course to course, making a barrage of birdies in the process. Reed has had a lot of gut-check time as of late. We can say it started in the Bahamas in December with his “sandcastle building.” But it started long before we even knew who Patrick Reed was. Since his Masters win it’s been well documented that he is estranged from his family. Doesn’t talk to his parents or siblings. As tragic and heartbreaking as that situation must be, we don’t know the details. We know he wasn’t a favorite of his college teammates at Augusta State. But that didn’t stop them from winning an NCAA National Championship. But it also didn’t stop the whispers of cheating allegations aimed at Reed even back then. We know there are a couple of players that refuse to pair with him in the Ryder and President’s Cup. We don’t know the details there, neither. But what I do know is there is one common denominator in each of these scenarios…….Patrick Reed. They say the first time you are caught doing something, usually means you’ve done it before. Peter Kostis, swing coach and long-time on course announcer for CBS sports, has recently come forward to say he has walked up on Reed improving his lie and club path before. Not a good look, but the whistle blower in situations such as that, is always the bad guy. It’s dicey and I’m sure more often than not, people just keep their mouth shut.
There’s a lot to like about Patrick Reed. He has a great swing, but it’s certainly not the best on tour. He isn’t out of shape, but he doesn’t have the best physique. He looks good, but not the best dresser there is. He doesn’t give a bad interview or even come across as a bad person. Patrick Reed just sort of exists. He’s just there. And it always seems that way. He smiles enough and plays his ass off for our country in the team events. He has 8 wins and a major. His friend-count may be less. And that’s sad to think about, but maybe deserved.
Patrick Reed WITB (What’s in the Bag) Being without an equipment contract gives a professional a lot of freedom to try and game whatever they want. And Captain America has taken full advantage of that freedom as of late. In the last 12 months, Reed has used a plethora of drivers and fairway woods from Callaway, Ping, and Titleist. Let’s take a look at what he decided on for his win in Mexico.
Irons – Grindworks PR Prototypes, 4 – PW: His irons have been widely talked about, and I covered them in this very blog a few weeks ago. We now know they are prototypes from Grindworks with his signature on them. They are muscle-back blades and the shaft of choice or specs is not known.
Driver – Ping G400, 9°
3 Wood – Callaway MAVRIK Sub Zero
Hybrid – Callaway Apex 19
Wedges – Titleist Vokey SM7 (50°), SM8 (56° & 60°)
Putter – Scotty Cameron Tour Rat Proto Blade
Ball – Titleist Pro V1
Honda Classic Picks
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. The train keeps on rolling as I pick yet, another winner with Viktor Hovland at the Puerto Rico Open! Adam Schenk finished T-14, and Bo Van Pelt finished T-60. In Mexico my winning pick DJ struggled and finished T-48. Native Abe Ancer had a nice week with a T-12, and my contender Sergio tied for 37th. We now enter a nice stretch of golf with some great events in a row, beginning with this week’s Honda Classic. Winner Billy Horschel He’s a streaky player who plays tough courses well. Been playing great of late and is close to piecing together 4 days and getting that W. Will contend Emiliano Grillo Plays great in the wind and finished T-8 here in 2018. Ranks 9th in greens in regulation. Sleeper Talor Gooch Has made 10 straight cuts and snagged a top-20 at Honda last year.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay, Head Golf Professional
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