SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Patrick Reed grew up in San Antonio, Baton Rouge and, finally, Augusta, Ga. All of which means he loves TexMex, Augusta National and the New Orleans Saints and made the prospect of a 3 ½-hour drive home Sunday from the Jones Cup Invitational a bitter/sweet endeavor.
“I’m kind of bummed,” he said as the sun set at Ocean Forest Golf Club.
Luckily for Reed, who rallied to catch Frenchman Victor Dubuisson after 54 holes and force a playoff, will have an oversized silver chalice to keep him company on the drive home and ease the pain of missing the big game.
Reed closed with a 74 to finish at 6-over 222 and had a “Big Easy” look to him when he calmly parred the first extra hole to claim his first amateur title.
“Going into 16 I knew (Dubuisson) was 4 over and heard he’d just hit it in the hazard, so I looked at my dad and said, ‘Time to finish strong,’” said Reed, a 19-year-old sophomore at Augusta State. “After that I felt like I had all the momentum.”
Now, if only he can make it home in time to watch the Saints follow his lead and complete his Super Sunday.