Golf's newly minted "bad boy" has had a career-defining 2018 campaign.
After claiming victory at Augusta National® in April, Patrick Reed was officially on the map. Now, the idea that Reed is finally in the public eye is a funny thing to hear when you read off his resume prior to The Masters® — the 27-yard old had five PGA Tour wins before his conquest at The Masters®.
But golf is a fickle sport, at least in it's perception of success, and results in major championships is how to make your name. With a Green Jacket now forever placed in Reed's closet, his legacy has a foundation to be built on — but how has the construction gone so far?
The short answer is that Reed is doing well, and proving that he's worthy of a shout in the discussion about key players on the major championship stage now. His chutzpah mixed with his youth and general consistency on the course has earned him a buzz, whether it be positive or negative, that makes everyone's eyes glance over to see his every stroke of a tournament.
Here's a recap of Reed's follow-up in:
The U.S. Open 2018
Reed came into Shinnecock Hills aiming to be the seventh ever played to win at both The Masters® and The U.S. Open in the same year. Through the first three days of the second major of the year, the feat looked out of contention. Reed found himself three-shots off of the lead heading into Sunday, and with the changing weather patterns at the course there was no telling what a final round could look like. The only known commodity was that all four days at Shinnecock felt like four entirely different courses.
But Reed didn't want to be a one-off Masters winner who quickly faded into obscurity. A final push in back-to-back majors could cement his name in the public eye and strike fear into those above him on the leader board.
Reed charged back into contention from the get-go on Sunday, shooting for birdie on his first three holes. He continued his salvo with another birdie on No. 5 after draining an 18-footer to officially declare that this tournament was up for grabs.
The Houston-native took a share of the lead after an impressive birdie on the seventh hole and "Reed Watch" was the new theme of the rest of the tournament.
But as is the case with most courses, especially Shinnecock, momentum is a hard thing to cultivate through all 18 holes. Reed bogeyed on No. 9, 11, 12 and 18 to scour his chances at a second straight major, but a solo fourth place finish was still a strong performance in hindsight.
The Open Championship 2018
By the time that The 147th Open Championship rolled around in July, Reed was on a major hot streak. After tying for second place in the 2017 PGA Championship combined with his performances at The Masters® and U.S. Open, Reed was the only player with three-consecutive top four finishes in a major championship.
But the Carnoustie Championship Course is another animal, even for a golfer who made his name overseas in the Ryder Cup.
Reed stumbled in the first round of the tournament, shooting four-over par and falling into the middle of the pack heading into the weekend. He rallied back, as has become a habit, in the middle two days, though. He shot one-under par on Friday and three-under on Saturday to bring his score to even heading into the final day.
Carnoustie, just like Shinnecock, had different plans for Reed on the final day. Reed played a steady final round, hanging around but still unable to make a dent in the leader board to stay in contention. A sub par back nine performance cost him as he shot for par on the final round and finished the tournament tied for 28th place.
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