“REED NEEDS TO SPEAK. AND HE NEEDS TO DO IT SOON .”

Golf World (UK) - - MASTERS REVIEW -

The var­i­ous re­ac­tions to Pa­trick Reed’s break­through at golf’s high­est level spoke vol­umes of the 27-year-old Texan’s chequered his­tory on and off the course. Ever since his col­lege days, al­le­ga­tions of cheat­ing and theft have haunted Reed, al­beit he has al­ways de­nied wrong­do­ing on both counts.

His fam­ily sit­u­a­tion is messy too. Fa­mously es­tranged from his par­ents and sis­ter – who live only a few miles from Au­gusta Na­tional – the new Mas­ters cham­pion has long been an easy tar­get for crit­i­cism, both in the press and from gal­leries. The rel­a­tive quiet as he holed his win­ning putt only high­lighted his lack of pop­u­lar­ity. The so­lu­tion is sim­ple. One press con­fer­ence or in­ter­view would do the trick. If Reed were to state his side of the var­i­ous ar­gu­ments, there would be a flurry of pub­lic­ity then blessed si­lence. He needs to speak. And he needs to do it soon.

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