Reed fudged scores, says ex-ASU teammate
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/13/15
Patrick Reed (front row, left) was a member of the 2011 NCAA Division 1 men's golf
championship team at Augusta State University. The school's name changed
to Georgia Regents University Augusta on October 25, 2012.
The Patrick Reed story keeps getting uglier. On February 2, we passed along details of a forthcoming book by writer Shane Ryan that paints a rather dark picture of Patrick Reed's behavior when he was first a student-athlete at the University of Georgia, then at Augusta State University after Reed was expelled from UGA.
Earlier this week, we passed along an interview of Reed by Golf Channel's Todd Lewis in which Reed said he was planning on asking for a retraction by author Shane Ryan and demanded that he "print the right facts."
Also during the interview with Lewis, Reed said he has affidavits from both of his college golf coaches (University of Georgia head coach Chris Haack and Augusta State University head coach Josh Gregory) saying that Ryan's stories are false.
The problem for Reed is that on Tuesday, the intrepid golf writer and reporter Stephanie Wei explained that that the "affidavits" are not affidavits at all, because the document was not officially sworn under oath and notarized:
First of all, Haack said Reed wasn't kicked out for cheating — which is true. However, as much as Reed wants to give the impression that this news is some sort of victory for him, the truth is that Ryan never made that claim in his piece. In actuality, it’s a known fact that everyone agrees on, but Reed and his attorneys are attempting to present it as a revelation.On Thursday, Wei reported on her conversation with one of Reed's former teammates at Augusta State. The teammate wishes to remain unidentified, but Wei said she verified the player's identity. Wei then broke out the details into eight sections, reproduced below:
While Reed has proven to be successful as a professional and no score-shaving has been reported on the PGA Tour, Reed's reputation precedes him. Our original report on the story on February 2 included this quote by author Shane Ryan:
Even now, on Tour, a source told me that there's a private joke among certain players when Reed enters a locker room: "Hide your things," they tell each other. "Patrick's here."This writer is not a legal expert, nor even a former law student. But it is becoming increasingly clear that if PGA Tour players are anonymously expressing skepticism over Reed's seeming lack of trustworthiness, they might be doing so for increasingly verifiable reasons.
Indisputable fact: This story is not going away anytime soon. Shane Ryan's book, Slaying The Tiger, is due to be published on June 9 by Ballantine Books. Our opinion is that the exact contents of Ryan's version of the Patrick Reed story are certain not set in stone, given Stephanie Wei's detailed reportage this week. And Wei looks more and more like golf's version of the indefatigable news reporter Jennifer Griffin.
By all means, stay tuned. We certainly will.
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Images via Georgia Regents University, Stephanie Wei
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I'm amazed the bullet points weren't numbered as such:
Torleif Sorenson says:
Jason, perhaps Reed was using "Common Core" math before it became a fad.
I don't particularly like the guy, but he has a great game. No doubt about it. Yesterday's finish at the Valspar highlighted it yet again. He is a tough competitor win or lose. It would certainly be too bad if his personal reputation and attitude ends up keeping his magnificent capabilities off the Tour. If nothing else, he needs to face this head on with the media and somehow illustrate that he is truly sorry for his questionable behavior and mathematical shortcomings in the past. He was a young kid who made some mistakes. It's time to take responsibility and show the world you are a better person and have learned your lesson. And losing that "I'm better than anyone" attitude will help too.
It comes down to a very talented jerk who pissed off his teammates. He became an easy target for innuendo and accusations because he was unliked by everyone.
Along comes Shane Ryan. He has heard all the stories and Patrick Reed fits nicely into his book as "The Villain." I have little doubt that Mr. Ryan did not tell Patrick Reed prior to his interview that he was cast as "The Villain."
Any hope of Patrick Reed avoiding becoming a pariah will largely depend on his acknowledging where there is truth (e.g. his suspension for miscounting strokes), disclaiming falsehoods and changing his attitude. At this point stonewalling and litigation will only make things worse.
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