Tuesday, February 25

ESPN: Patrick Reed 'Thrives Amid Chaos'

PATRICK REED HAS BEEN BRANDED as a PGA Tour player and college golfer who plays fast and loose with the rules, called a "cheater" by some.

Reed wears his bad-boy image like a suit of armor, and gathers criticism as if it were kindling to stoke his competitive fire. Apparently, no matter what is said by peers like Brooks Koepka or the media (Peter Kostis), Reed keeps competing at a very high level, whether in the Presidents Cup or in a World Golf Championship, like the one he won in Mexico on Sunday.

ESPN's Bob Harig wrote:
For reasons of his own making, that controversy lingers, but Reed thrives amid chaos. We've seen it at the Ryder Cup and throughout the past few months, as he has endured his share of taunting and jeers from spectators, fellow competitors and commentators. 
As such, it was only fitting that Reed emerged from the rubble on Sunday at Club de Golf Chapultepec, outlasting an all-star cast on the leaderboard to shoot a final-round 67 and capture the WGC-Mexico Championship by a shot over Bryson DeChambeau.
It was Reed's eighth PGA Tour victory and second World Golf Championship title.

DeChambeau said, "He's a great player, and he'll be a great player for a long time. And I have a lot of respect for his game."

About the many distractions, Reed said, "Really, at the end of the day, to me it doesn't really matter.

"For me, it's go out there and continue doing what I'm supposed to do, and that's try to play the best golf I can, try to be the best person I can and try to set an example for the younger kids that are out here watching, as well as my kids that are watching back at home."

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