Mas­ters champ not mas­ter of his own house

Sun.Star Baguio - - PRIME SPORTS -

WHY do some chil­dren, when they reach the so­called age of rea­son, get es­tranged from their par­ents?

I ask that again af­ter learn­ing that Pa­trick Reed is one of them.

Reed, to those not yet in the know, has just crowned him­self the Mas­ters cham­pion in Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia. In vic­tory, Reed has now be­come a hot can­di­date to win golf’s Grand Slam, which is the rare feat of see­ing one sweep all four ma­jors of the year to in­clude the Bri­tish Open, U.S. Open and the PGA Cham­pi­onship.

Only five own that dis­tinct honor to in­clude the re­tired Jack Nick­laus (all­time best of 18 ma­jors won) and the sud­denly res­ur­rected Tiger Woods (14 ma­jors).

But none of the pre­vi­ous Mas­ters win­ners had the sad ex­pe­ri­ence of Reed’s—if it’s that sad, in­deed. I find it sad. Any­time I hear of a fam­ily rift pit­ting chil­dren against their par­ents, my heart bleeds. At times, it moist­ens my eyes—as had hap­pened af­ter I had read Reed’s case. Reed mar­ried Jus­tine in 2012. Reed’s par­ents, Bill and Jean­nette, were not in­vited.

“Jus­tine made sure we were not in their wed­ding,” said Bill.

When pressed to elab­o­rate, Bill re­fused to dis­cuss the specifics.

In the 2014 U.S. Open, Jus­tine also or­dered Reed’s par­ents out of the course.

In each of the five tour­na­ments that Reed won last year, not once were Bill and Jean­nette present.

When Reed be­came the 82nd win­ner on Mon­day of the Mas­ters, golf’s most pres­ti­gious event, Bill and Jean­nette were at home—just five kilo­me­ters away from the Mas­ters bat­tle­field in Au­gusta Na­tional.

“We wanted to be at the cer­e­mony, but we couldn’t buy badges,” said Bill.

Af­ter watch­ing on TV Reed bury the win­ning four-footer on 18 to beat Rickie Fowler by one shot, Bill, Jean­nette and daugh­ter, Han­nah, hugged each other, sob­bing.

“It was a group hug, so we also had an imag­i­nary Pa­trick with us,” said Bill.

In six years, Pa­trick’s mar­riage to Jus­tine pro­duced two chil­dren.

In six years, Bill and Jean­nette—and Han­nah, too—had yet to see, hug, their grand­kids. Reed, read this: What prof­its a man who gains fame and for­tune but is not in good terms with his par­ents? Reed, heed this: I keep telling my sib­lings (we are nine) that our par­ents have never done us wrong. It is us who did, still do.

Reed, re­pent.

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