2020 Masters Choose Your Own Adventure, Patrick Reed vs. Jon Rahm: Triumph
Harry Trump/Getty Images. Pictured: Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm
Reed hangs on to the lead and wins a second Masters title.
There was always that one guy in college. You’d have a party and he’d get a little too drunk, a little too quickly, and do a little too much damage to your place. If you let him stay, it would get ugly in a hurry and he’d probably goad some others to join in the destruction. If you kicked him out, though, not only would you rid the party of a bad egg, but you’d send the message to everyone else that you weren’t going to put up with anyone being an idiot and destroying your stuff.
That’s essentially what Augusta National did: They got rid of the idiot.
OK, two of ‘em.
Ever since those two fan ejections in the first 10 minutes of Reed’s round, the gallery has been on its best behavior. Sure, the cheers for, well, just about everyone else in contention might be a bit louder and last a bit longer than those for Reed, but these spectators are nothing if not respectful. Either that, or they simply didn’t want to suffer the same fate as the two guys who were thrown out early on.
Without any distractions from outside the ropes, Reed plots and plods his way around the course with a marksman’s precision. It’s not that he’s hitting a bevy of spectacular shots, it’s just that armed with a multiple-stroke lead for the entire back-nine, he doesn’t hit a single one that could be classified as a technical mistake or mental error.
Instead, Reed basically stiff-arms the field for the final nine holes, giving ’em the Heisman as he jogs into the end zone.
When it’s all said and done, he parlays a three-shot advantage at the turn into a three-shot victory, taking what should have been one of the most exciting Masters final rounds in recent memory and turning it into a boring jaunt toward another green jacket.