Reed: There's No Reason For Me To Change; I'm Happy With Who I Am

Patrick Reed may not be as beloved as Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, but the 2018 Masters champion isn't losing sleep over it

Tiki and Tierney
April 09, 2018 - 6:15 pm

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Patrick Reed shot a 15-under 273 to win the Masters on Sunday, edging Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth by one and two strokes, respectively. As Reed approached the final hole, he knew he needed par to win – and that’s exactly what he got.

“I have to play the hole correctly and finish it off, finish it like a champion,” Reed said on Tiki and Tierney. “You can’t go out and make bogey to win the golf tournament. You have to actually play the hole correctly. You got to make par or birdie to win. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way to win my first major – to go out and have to perform and finish it off and finish strong down the stretch. It was awesome.”

Reed shot a 69, 66, 67 and 71 on the weekend to notch his sixth PGA Tour victory and 32nd top-10 finish. While there are some in the golfing world who would have preferred Spieth or Fowler or a more traditional personality to don the green jacket, Reed is just fine with who he is and has no desire to try to change the narrative surrounding him.

“No, not at all,” he said. “No, because honestly, I know who I am. I’m a firm believer that if I am happy with how I am portraying myself and how I am to my family and to the people that are close to me in my circle and I feel like I’m carrying myself the right way – I don’t want to change that. Who I am is what’s got me to this point and (is) what’s gotten me to six wins and what’s gotten me to a major-championship win. It’s gotten me to feel like I’m living my life the right way and living a very happy life with my family, with my two beautiful children. There’s no reason for me to change. 

“If things weren’t going very well, if I felt like there were way too many ups and downs in my life and how I felt about things, then I might change,” Reed continued. “But honestly, this is who I am. I’m happy about who I am. Honestly, I don’t care what other people say because that’s their opinion. At the end of the day, the opinions that really matter are your family’s, your close circle, your friends and who they believe you are. If those are what matter and you’re really happy and everyone’s happy with who you are, then there’s no real reason to listen to all the chatter going on, whether it’s positive or negative.”

Interestingly, Reed’s caddy is his brother-in-law, Kessler Karain. Reed said he has no problem with Karain telling him when he’s wrong. In fact, he expects nothing less.

“He’s family,” Reed said. “Family, they can a lot of things that most people can’t. He can say whatever is on his mind, whatever he thinks. It’s not going to offend me. If he feels like I’m making a completely boneheaded play, he has every right to tell me – and I’d be upset at him if he didn’t tell me. That’s one of those things that if he feels like I’m not making the right decision or I feel like he’s not making the right decision, we’ll speak up about it. When those times come, we sit there and talk about it and make sure we’re making the right decision. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a player, whether you’re a caddy or anything. You have a voice, and you have to use it. We’re all part of the same team. If you’re scared to talk and voice your opinion about it, then obviously it’s not the right partnership while you’re out there.”

As impressive as Reed’s weekend was, he might just be getting started. Only 27, he finished runner-up at the PGA Championship in 2017 and has top-15 finishes at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship since 2016. He has years of in-his-prime golf still to play.

“I feel like my journey’s been great,” Reed said. “Of course there’s ups and downs throughout your career and throughout your life. I felt like every bump that’s come our way, we’ve handled it correctly and we’ve persevered, and we’ve moved forward with everything. The only thing I can do is continue being me, continue doing what I do. I don’t allow all that – whether it’s past or whether it’s present – (to) bother me. I go out and just try to live every day and every moment as best as I can. That’s all I can really control."