Patrick Reed could be golf's next bad boy

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

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)

U.S. golfer Reed and McIlroy of Northern Ireland walk up the 13th fairway during a practice round at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta

U.S. golfer Patrick Reed (L) and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walk up the 13th fairway during a practice round ahead of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard - Round Two

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 21: Patrick Reed of the United States hits his third shot from a bunker on the fifth hole during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 21, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard - Round Two

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 21: Patrick Reed of the United States hits his second shot on the ninth hole in front of a gallery of fans during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 21, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

The 2014 Masters Tournament

epa04162272 Patrick Reed of the US hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA, 10 April 2014. The Masters Tournament is held 10 April through 13 April 2014. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Patrick Reed watches his shot on the third fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Patrick Reed, left, walks across the Byron Nelson Bridge with Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Patrick Reed of the U.S. hits from the sand trap on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta

Patrick Reed of the U.S. hits from the sand trap on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

U.S. golfer Patrick Reed climbs out of the bunker after his shot on the first hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta

U.S. golfer Patrick Reed climbs out of the bunker after his shot on the first hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Amateur Patrick Reed speaks during a press conference at the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 7, 2014, in Augusta, Ga

Amateur Patrick Reed speaks during a press conference at the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 7, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard - Round One

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 20: Patrick Reed of the United States hits an approach shot on the first hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 20, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Patrick Reed sets up his final putt before winning the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Patrick Reed and his wife Justice hold The Gene Sarazen Cup after winning the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Final Round

DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Patrick Reed celebrates with his wife Justine on the 18th green after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Final Round

DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Patrick Reed celebrates with the Gene Sarazen Cup after his victory as Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump look on during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Final Round

DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Patrick Reed celebrates with his wife Justine on the 18th green after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Final Round

DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Patrick Reed hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Final Round

DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Patrick Reed watches his tee shot on the tenth hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Final Round

DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Patrick Reed celebrates with the Gene Sarazen Cup after his victory as PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, Richard Hills of the European Tour, Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump look on during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)