Mon. Apr 19th, 2021

Patrick Reed won a golf tournament on Sunday and a lot of people weren’t too pleased about it. That’s pretty much a perfect day for Reed, right?

The most controversial player in golf found himself, um, embedded in controversy once more over the weekend at Torrey Pines. Yet with thousand-watt klieg lights shining right in his face, Reed put his head down, looked straight ahead and ran away with the Farmers Insurance Open by five strokes.

It was an incredible mental performance but also a remarkable display of short-game acumen. Reed ranked 31st in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee and 39th in SG: Approach and his drives averaged only 288 yards on a track measuring nearly 7,800 yards. But he overcame all that by ranking first in SG: Around-the-Green, ninth in scrambling and 10th in SG: Putting. Quite simply, there is no better player in golf from 125 yards and in. And no matter how you feel about Reed, it’s cool to see this type of golf in this day and age of bomb and gouge.

Reed won for the ninth time on the PGA Tour and for the fourth consecutive season, and he regained a position in the top-10 in the world rankings. Among those nine wins are the Masters, two WGCs, two playoff events, the Tournament of Champions and now Torrey Pines. In his first win way back in 2013, he took down Jordan Spieth in a playoff. Those are all big-boy wins.  

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