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…
Good to see Patrick Reed find success at a fabled Georgia institution that he hasn’t been expelled from…
— Justin & Tiger Supporter (@HunterLJohnson) April 8, 2018
Patrick Reed, the most unpopular winner since this man won the Piston Cup pic.twitter.com/w5p0PFlRQ0
— luisa (@luisagibsonxo) April 8, 2018
In fact, it was hard to find anyone online Sunday who was actually happy to see Reed don the green jacket.
"I really hope Patrick Reed wins a green jacket." Said nobody this week.
— James Cybulski (@JamesCybulski) April 8, 2018
— Coral (@Coral) April 8, 2018
Patrick Reed looks like a guy who takes his fraternity way too seriously
— Will Elliott (@Will_Elliott22) April 8, 2018
Just a reminder. Jordan Spieth is annually voted nicest guy on tour. Patrick Reed hates his own mother. #gospieth
— Gerry Callahan (@GerryCallahan) April 8, 2018
Patrick Reed seems like the type of guy who will wipe his face with his green jacket sleeve at the champions dinner next year, then be confronted by someone about it, flip them off or give them a noogie, then yell:
— College Golf (@College_Golfers) April 8, 2018
Even Reed’s music choices came under fire Sunday.
Patrick Reed listening to Imagine Dragons for motivation, could this guy get any funnier?
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 8, 2018
There it is. I found the reason I can’t get behind Patrick Reed. He gets his motivation every day from Imagine Dragons “Radioactive.” Sad!
— Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) April 8, 2018
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. That means he gets to enjoy his big win, and golf fans everywhere get to enjoy having a villain to hate.