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Patrick Reed won the Masters on Sunday, holding off Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to capture his first ever major title. The victory was surely quite thrilling for the 27-year-old Reed, as well as anyone close to him. And for everybody else? Maybe not so much.

For a few years now, Reed has been as close to a heel as golf has. In college, he was accused of cheating on the course and stealing from his teammates off it before being dismissed from the University of Georgia program. As a pro, he has frustrated peers with bombastic comments and a prickly personality. He and his wife once made headlines for having his parents escorted away from the U.S. Open.

Add all that together, and the response to his Masters victory has looked something like this…

And this…

In fact, it was hard to find anyone online Sunday who was actually happy to see Reed don the green jacket.

Even Reed’s music choices came under fire Sunday.

Reed, for his part, has said he does not particularly fret about what people on Twitter have to say. Via Golf.com:

On Saturday night, Reed was asked why some people — mostly on social media — tend to root against him.

“I don’t know. Why don’t you ask them?” he said. “I mean, I have no idea, and honestly I don’t really care what people say on Twitter or what they say if they are cheering for me or not cheering for me. I’m out here to do my job, and that’s to play golf. I feel like if I’m doing it the right way, then that’s all that really matters.”

Even if he does care a little what fans think of him, Reed probably isn’t worrying about Twitter’s take after the biggest victory of his career. He could now buy bitcoin with his winnings! That means he gets to enjoy his big win, and golf fans everywhere get to enjoy having a villain to hate.

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