Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters Golf Tournament last Sunday in Augusta.
But Reed did something Sunday that the greatest of the great do on muscle memory. Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan — they forever used real or imagined slights to fuel their rage and dominate the very antagonists who slighted them in the first place. Reed joined their ranks at the Masters with some controlled fury of his own. The fans did not want him to win, and Rory McIlroy, four-time major winner, strongly suggested Reed would be feeling too much anxiety to win. Reed rose above all the negativity,
In the end, Reed fell into the arms of his caddie and brother-in-law as a first-time major winner and as a team-event titan who proved he could manage the immense stress of individual competition as forcefully as any golfer on the planet.