Bernstein: Patrick Reed's Troubled Past Getting New Attention

Reed has rubbed many the wrong way amid a rise that now includes a green jacket.

Dan Bernstein
April 09, 2018 - 8:01 am
Patrick Reed celebrates after winning the Masters

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By Dan Bernstein--
670TheScore.com senior columnist

(670 The Score) Congrats on the green jacket, Patrick Reed. Now let's all learn again about how your college teammates and coaches accused you of cheating and stealing.

Some of us knew about this and forgot most of it, having remembered some vague references to his checkered past during Reed's performance for the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2016 or somewhere else along the way around his five other PGA Tour wins since turning pro in 2011. But we never paid close attention until Reed dominated a weekend that matters as much as this one at the Masters.

He was kicked off the University of Georgia team for behavioral issues that included allegedly lying about his scores and allegedly stealing cash and equipment, as well as multiple incidents of public intoxication. One of his former coaches confirmed to golf blogger Stephanie Wei that, "There is no doubting the ability of Patrick as a golfer, it was Patrick as a person that we chose not to associate with."

Ouch.

He ended up at Augusta State and despite leading the school to consecutive NCAA titles was almost let go from that team for similar issues with cheating that led to teammates reportedly wanting him removed.  

If you're the kind of sports fan who craves a villain of some kind or enjoys rooting against some people as much as for them, Reed might be right there for you. He got his major championship -- and with it the kind of scrutiny and revisited notoriety that's sure to follow more from here on.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s “Bernstein and McKnight Show” in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​