— The Open (@TheOpen) July 14, 2016
Patrick Reed played some beautiful golf to card 66 and earn himself a share of the lead at Royal Troon. He comes into this tournament on the back of some good form after a successful week at the Scottish Open.
The perennial top ten finisher has a lot to offer; power hitting, tenacious scrambling and relentless competitiveness. This has at times spilled over and made him one of the most vilified golfers on Tour. The uncompromising play that once hung over his college career continued into his early professional years. Stories of cheating, throat-stamping and general aresholary were never far from “Pat the Twat”. But this has suddenly changed.
— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) July 13, 2016
Olympic golf is in complete and utter disarray. The world’s top four golfers have pulled out – amongst a host of big names – leaving a small list of players willing to “take the risk.” Enter Patrick Reed, a.k.a. an All-American hero. With big players withdrawing because of the the Zika virus, which, as you know, is an excuse NOT a reason – something Rory proved with his blunt assessment, America looked to Pat:
“I would love to play for my country, and I have that opportunity and I heard that the deadline is tomorrow. And mathematically, I think I’m a lock, I’m not 100 percent sure,” “But I’d love to play and hopefully we can go out and wear those stars and stripes.”
Wow, cometh the man cometh the hour. He ran away to Europe a kid, but guess what, he returned a man. All the dinners, the socialising, the air-travel remedied his unlikable personality. He went from a hated cheese piece to the bedrock of America’s representation in international golf. Believe me as a European, we fear Pat the most. He doesn’t care who you are, where he’s playing or what the odds are, he has the philosophy of a champion. Basically he’s like Seve without the charm, good looks, panache and five major championships.