Instagram golfer and LGPA Tour champion Paige Spiranac watched Patrick Reed’s cheating fiasco at the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines like the rest of us, but then she made a bold claim about it. She tweeted that Patrick Reed was entertaining and implied he’s good for golf.
She’s absolutely right, and I’ll explain why.
I will say Patrick Reed makes for some entertaining golf and I don’t hate that— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) January 31, 2021
Before Tiger Woods threw fist pumps through the clouds, golf was boring. Players were expected to hit their tee shots, shake their opponents’ hands when they lost, and wear only certain kinds of clothing. Tiger broke that mold, and now players are far more likely to let their natural personalities shine on the course.
This matters because personality has improved the game of golf. Old heads claimed it would taint the integrity of the sport, but instead it turned everyone to their TVs. Patrick Reed’s personality is to be edgy and to take every inch possible to beat the competition. Last weekend, Reed blatantly moved a ball he claimed had embedded in a sand trap, though video evidence shows otherwise. Some fans will respect the hustle, while others will hate his guts and call him a blatant cheater.
As Paige Spiranac points out, it’s at least entertaining, and the Golf Channel’s 3:30 segment proves it. We love to discuss players who do things that are out of the ordinary, and Reed is always causing trouble. At first, we thought it was just coincidence, but eventually we ran out of excuses for the guy.
Remember, his cheating doesn’t actually work
Patrick Reed is ideal for the sport of golf because his cheating doesn’t impact the results in big tournaments. He may fluff his lie, but the officials always notice. And they always will since it’s their job to watch for such occasions. He’ll always be punished for trying to game the game.
Reed has also embraced the hatred sent his way. He gets to be himself and boost fan interest at the same time. He is exactly what golf needs.
If we’re being honest, we’ve got plenty of friends who cheat just like Reed does. He just doesn’t suck at golf like they do.