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What He Said
Patrick Reed said the following after his win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, per the Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard.
I’ve worked so hard. I’ve won a lot in my junior career, did great things in my amateur career, was 6-0 in match play at NCAAs, won NCAAs two years in a row, was third individually one year. Now I have three wins out here on the PGA Tour.
I just don’t see a lot of guys that have done that, besides Tiger Woods, of course, and all of the other legends of the game. It’s just one of those things that I believe in myself – especially after how hard I’ve worked – that I’m one of the top five players in the world. To come out of a field like this and to hold on wire to wire like that, I feel like I’ve proven myself.
Why It Makes the List
There's nothing wrong with confidence. However, when, as a golfer, you start comparing your record to Tiger Woods', don't be surprised when it doesn't go over very well. In a sport noted for its obsessive traditionalism, playing the part of the braggart loses fans and alienates peers.
Indeed, after the hard-fought victory, everyone seemed to be talking about Reed's post-round quotes rather than his on-course performance. That's not a good thing.