Reed said after his win, "I feel like I'm one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I've proven myself," which raised plenty of eyebrows around the golf world. Reed wasn't lying when he said he has proven himself, winning three PGA Tour events since August, but the bravado he showed was one of the reasons people started raising their eyebrows.
The comments have followed Reed around since his win at Doral, and on Friday at the Masters even Bubba Watson, the current leader at 7-under par, took a jab at the 23-year-old.
Asked about what he's learned since his Masters win in 2012, Watson gave up this gem of an answer.
“Learning to be a good dad, learning to be a better husband, it takes time on you, it takes energy,” Watson said. “And then learning how to refocus, repractice, get back to the level that I think I should be at ... top-25 player in the world. Not going to say top-five player in the world. Sorry, Patrick Reed.”
Watson is currently ranked 12th in the world, and has definitely been around long enough to earn a "top-five player" nominee when his game is clicking, but it was the nudge towards Reed that had a lot of golf fans smiling.
Now it is up to Bubba to go out and keep this run for a second green jacket going, top-25 or not.
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