Patrick Reed could be golf's next bad boy

Patrick Reed watches his shot to the second green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Nothing that happened in Augusta Monday quelled the idea that Patrick Reed may be golf's next big star. His talent is evident. His confidence is unshakable.

He's just the fifth player to ever win three tournaments before turning 24. The others: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. He wants to be the first rookie participant to win here since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

And his personality – bold, direct, honest, confident – is everything the sport is looking for because he can cause many to love him and many to hate him, and he seems quite pleased with not giving a whit about either side. Sometimes being polite can be overrated.

The big gallery and the fans cheering for him? Reed said he didn't even notice.
Dan Wetzel

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