Known for his sometimes-fiery demeanor that was on full patriotic display in the 2016 Ryder Cup, Patrick Reed vaulted himself into the upper tier of players with a stellar season.
Reed notched 11 top-10 finishes last season, topped by a win in The Barclays and runner-up placements in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Valero Texas Open. With only three missed cuts out of 28 tournaments played, he held steady near the top of the FedEx Cup standings, entering the final tournament of the year with a chance at the FedEx Cup before finishing third.
Then, at Hazeltine, Reed paired with Jordan Spieth for foursomes, earning 2.5 points over four matches highlighted by Reed’s dominance vs. Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in the final fourball match.
Finally, the photos everyone passed around: Reed going toe-to-toe with an equally-fiesty Rory McIlory with some of the finest back-and-forth golf we may ever see. The result? A 1-up win for the USA, with Reed leading the team for a second consecutive Ryder Cup.
The groundwork is set for a leap into another stratosphere for one of golf’s polarizing – and currently, popular – figures. It’s just a matter of putting four rounds together at Augusta National Golf Club, where he has struggled with no sub-70 rounds to date.
But the American is still fairly new to the majors, with his first in the 2014 Masters. He’s posted three top-20 finishes already in those 12 appearances, and has risen high on the leaderboards throughout the day.
For many fans, it’s an expectation of when, not if. And at the 2017 Masters, your business or large group can see it all.