Patrick Reed reached the highest of highs Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, winning his first major title in the final round of the Masters.
But when he celebrated and slipped into a green jacket for the first time, there were some noticeable people missing from the scene.
Reed has been estranged from his parents, Bill and Jeannette Reed, for several years, and they were not at Augusta National on Sunday to celebrate with their son.
“I can’t believe my son is the Masters champion. It’s surreal,” Jeannette Reed told Alan Shipnuck from Golf.com.
Shipnuck asked Patrick Reed about his parents after his win, and Reed’s response was terse and to the point, and it revealed a lot about his relationship with his parents.
“I’m just out here to play golf and try to win golf tournaments,” Reed said.
Reed started his college golf career at Georgia, but left the Bulldogs program after just one season after two alcohol-related arrests. He ended up at Augusta State and helped lead his new program to back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011.
Augusta State beat Oklahoma State in the 2010 final and defeated Georgia in 2011.
Reed turned pro in 2011 and had won five professional tournaments before Sunday, but the Georgia controversy and his brash nature have hung over his professional career.
On Sunday, that became the back story as Reed, who has made his name as a star in the Ryder Cup, broke through on golf’s biggest stage. He finished at 15 under, holding off Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth for the win. Fowler finished at 14 under, while Spieth, the 2015 Masters winner, finished at 14 under.