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Bad Boys Wear Green
Why golf’s most polarising figures master Augusta
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HE Masters is never short on
Yet as quickly as the game’s most
coveted tournament comes around, another
“ unpopular” winner like Patrick Reed walks
away with the prized green jacket to add to
Augusta National’s penchant for
pantomime villains reigning supreme dates
as far back as 1951 when the sweet-swinging
Ben Hogan won the first of his two jackets.
Hogan was a freak with club in hand
but frosty by nature – a perception only
enhanced later in his career when it
overlapped the arrival of golf’s undisputed
king of the people, Arnold Palmer. Many
excused Hogan for his introverted ways
because of life’s challenges thrown at him,
including his father’s suicide, the Second
World War and a near-fatal car accident in
1949. Many dubbed his triple-crown season
of 1953 the greatest comeback in sport. Yet
Hogan was never celebrated in the same
way as Jack and Arnie were.
Three-time champion Nick Faldo enjoyed
a turbulent relationship with his fellow
players and press. Scottish newspaper The
Scotsman once wrote: “Nick Faldo doesn’t
have friends, he has admirers. For much of
his career his fellow players, the media and
his growing band of ex-wives have qualified
on neither count.”
“Playing with Nick Faldo is like playing
by yourself – only slower,” adds 1989 British
Open champion Mark Calcavecchia. But,
boy, could the man once labelled a “prick”
by Paul Azinger handle the heat at Augusta.
Such vitriol can also be pointed at 2017
champion Sergio Garcia, who spent years
gracing us with on-course tantrums and
utter petulance, not to mention racist
“ fried chicken” remarks. Even Garcia
didn’t believe he was good enough to win
at Augusta, until one day he learned to
harness his inner bad boy for the better.
Two-time winner Bubba Watson is no
cleanskin, either. When 103 US PGA Tour
players were asked who, from their peers,
they wouldn’t help in hypothetical fisticuffs
in the carpark, Bubba was the resounding
winner. But Bubba was eventually able to
make the transition from A-grade arse to
Amen Corner specialist.
And who can forget old-school offender
Vijay Singh, whose hate rating soared
after he was cited for cheating early in his
career, allegedly altering his scorecard and
eventually suspended by the Asian Tour.
Singh also didn’t win over many fans
of the fairer sex when he opposed Annika
Sorenstam’s entry into a men’s event by
telling USA Today: “I hope she misses the cut.
Why? Because she doesn’t belong out here.”
There was also the deer-antler spray
controversy, where he pleaded ignorance to
the advantages of taking the steroid alternative
and has since been locked in a legal stoush
with the US PGA Tour to clear his name.
Seve Ballesteros could be abrasive at times,
while Gary Player had a knack for rubbing
people the wrong way ... the list goes on.
While the Masters has had its fair share of
matinee idols like Fred Couples, Adam Scott
and Jordan Spieth, Reed is the latest winner
who won’t have a queue of past players
rushing to sit next to him at next year’s
annual Champions Dinner.
From cheating allegations during his
college golf days to his arrogant, “I ’m a
top-five player in the world” comment as a
plucky 23-year-old winner of the 2014 WGC–
Cadillac Championship, Reed’s reputation
has taken a dive despite his obvious talents.
He was once caught making a homophobic
slur during a live broadcast of the 2014 WGC–
HSBC Champions in China. Throw in his
estranged relationship with his family, and
Reed has quickly become the game’s most
So what is it about golf’s hallowed turf
that allows the bad boys to shine? While
they’ve all proved to be impervious to
outside opinion, it’s clear to excel at
Augusta you must be incredibly resilient
over four days. Increasingly, it seems those
who possess a narcissistic streak tend to
handle the spotlight better than most.
Reed’s mental fortitude is what got him over
the line when nobody expected it or, sadly,
wanted it. For that, he must be praised.
It’s precisely why Tiger Woods’ jacket size
should be kept on file for a few more years.
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