Patrick Reed Profile
|Short Name||Captain America|
|Born||Aug 05, 1990|
|Birthplace||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
Neither accusations of cheating, a complicated family life or the distrust of his peers has prevented Patrick Reed winning a Green Jacket and the nickname Captain America.
Patrick Reed rose to prominence with notable wins in 2014 that included a one-stroke victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Since then, Reed has earned himself the nickname 'Captain America' for his brilliant displays while representing the United States in team competitions.
The greatest success of his career to date came at the 2018 Masters when Reed stormed to an early lead and could not be stopped from charging to a maiden major win at Augusta.
While 2018 brought Reed great success, it also brought controversy as he found himself in hot water while playing in the Ryder Cup after voicing his opinions on Tiger Woods' involvement in the team.
Reed is something of a traditionalist when it comes to preparation and does most of his work on the course rather than in the gym.
The 2018 Green Jacket winner is known to spend a great deal of time working on his putting, including engaging in elaborate drills on the practice greens.
While still in high school, Reed won the 2006 Junior British Open and qualified for the US Amateur in 2007.
Prior to graduating from University High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Reed led his team to state championships in 2006 and 2007, and was awarded state medalist honors in the latter year.
Reed was expected to make a splash on the collegiate golf scene but he made the wrong kind of headlines at the University of Georgia in Athens.
He was arrested while under the influence of alcohol and, to compound the issue, he was also underage with fake ID in his possession.
Reed was not immediately banished from the university or the golf team, but further indiscretions saw him get the boot.
Leaving the school and enrolling at Augusta State University, Reed would lead their golf team to NCAA Division I titles in 2010 and 2011.
He also won the 2010 Jones Cup Invitational in his final season as an amateur.
Reed turned professional at the age of 20 in 2011 but made a slow start to life on the PGA Tour.
He missed the cut in his first event, the 2011 FedEx St Jude Classic, and played just two more tournaments on the PGA Tour that season alongside two showings on the Nationwide Tour.
Reed earned his PGA Tour card the hard way, coming through the Qualifying School when he was unable to get sponsors exemptions, but it would be some time before he established himself.
In 2013, he won his first tournament at the Wyndham Championship and would go on to enjoy multiple successes in 2014 including his WGC-Cadillac Championship triumph when he prompted ridicule by deeming himself worthy of a top five position in the world rankings.
He claimed single tournament wins in both 2015 and 2016, but couldn't finish atop the leaderboard at all in 2017.
Masters glory in 2018
Reed came close to tasting major glory in 2017 only for his charge in the PGA Championship to be halted by an 18th hole bogey in the final round.
Ahead of the following season's Masters, Reed would have been considered an outsider, both in terms of chances (he had a poor record on the course) and popularity (he continued to be a loner).
However, he played brilliant golf all week in Georgia to claim his first career major in deserved fashion.
He made a solid start in the opening round before a second-round 66 gave him a two-shot lead heading into the weekend.
Two eagles in Saturday's back nine saw him build a three stroke 54-hole advantage.
His final round 1-under-par 71 was enough to fend off challenges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.
The Ryder Cup
Prior to the Masters triumph, Reed's greatest moments had all come in the Ryder Cup, but that same year he would court controversy at the team event with remarks about his compatriots and his questioning of the team's leadership.
He would win just the one point in Team USA's defeat in Paris, a big letdown after claiming 3.5 points in both of his first two appearances.
Such was his fondness for the gladiatorial nature of the match he was quickly dubbed Captain America and his singles match against Rory McIlroy, which he won 1-up, is considered one of the Ryder Cup's greatest contests.
He has also represented the United States three times in the Presidents Cup.
Allegations of cheating
Reed's career has been dogged by multiple allegations of cheating and ill-discipline.
He was, for example, pilloried for his response when caught seemingly improving his lie at the 2019 Hero World Challenge.
He claimed that he had not noticed the movement, citing the angle of the camera relative to his own perspective. He was, nonetheless, penalized two strokes.
Reed has also defended himself against allegations that he was involved in cheating at university and stole from his teammates.
Coaches there deny any knowledge of Reed committing theft, saying only that he was dismissed from the team for different reasons.
While the allegations have damaged Reed's reputation, they have not been conclusively proven, although the court of public opinion has seen fit to label him a cheat.
Patrick Reed's personal life
Reed's personal life is marked by a fractious relationship with his family, particularly his parents and sister, to whom he reportedly hasn't spoken since his 2014 marriage to Justine Karain.
Karain is Reed's former caddie, with her brother since taking over the role after she fell pregnant with the couple's first child.
His parents have continued to show up when Reed is playing in big events despite having been escorted away from the 2014 US Open after their son called security on them.
Reed is understood to be very close to his wife's family while seemingly being unwilling to mend the relationship with his own father, mother and younger sister.
Patrick Reed's net worth
Much of Reed's estimated net worth of $9million comes from his earnings on the PGA and European Tours.
The 2018 Masters netted him $1.98million, his biggest single paycheck to date. He also collected a sizable amount for his 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship triumph.
Reed's controversial past has not prevented him from establishing endorsement deals with Nike and Grindworks.
The 2018 Masters winner also enjoys a role as brand ambassador for luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot.