What's Lincoln Thinkin': Reed is a complicated Masters' victor
The cheering was curiously subdued on a Sunday at Augusta, but Patrick Reed slayed the best golfers in the game, and his own demons, to win the green jacket.
Going into the final round at Augusta National, Reed had a who's who of golfers nipping at his heels.
The guy searching for a Grand Slam (Rory McIlroy).
The best player on tour to have never won a major (Rickie Fowler).
The guy who plays Augusta like it's the muni he grew up on (Jordan Spieth).
The number one ranked player in the world (Dustin Johnson).
The number two ranked player in the world (Justin Thomas).
The number three ranked player in the world (Jon Rahm).
And the guy that can dislocate his ankle, and pop it back into place like he spent 8 years in medical school (Tony Finau).
Patrick Reed has spent his career talking a big game, and not always living up to it.
He also has had a number of issues in his personal life - from his well-documented feud with his parents, to his problems at college, to his cold relationships with some players on tour.
But Sunday at Augusta, he shut up all those critics that doubted his game, and thought that Rory and those following him would eat his lunch on the biggest stage.
He also shut up the fans at Augusta National, who did not give him as big an ovation, as they had other winners prior.
Patrick Reed's relationship with the golfing world, may be even more complicated now.
But I'm sure, he doesn't care.