On Sunday, Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters Championship after staving off late charges from both Ricky Fowler and Jordan Spieth.
But a day after Reed's first major title, everyone is talking about his strained relationship with this family--one that is so fractured that the golfer reportedly hasn't spoken to his parents and younger sister in six years.
Golf.com first reported that while the controversial golfer was putting the coveted green jacket on his shoulders, his estranged parents watched the tournament from their home just a few miles away from the greens of Augusta.
Monday afternoon, Ian O'Connor of ESPN.com spoke with Reed's father, Bill, who said that his family hugged one another and cried after Patrick hit the winning putt, adding: "We said, 'This is for Patrick too. We are all hugging him too.'"
Less than 24 hours as he watched his son capture the Masters, Bill "lost it" just speaking with ESPN.com about the moment and said that his family prays every day that they'll all be reunited one day.
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"During those five or six hours, I had a visual frame of him growing up through the years," Bill said. "It was a picture show in slow motion. Patrick running out of the back door where we lived in San Antonio, near the sixth green on the course. Hitting out of that bunker. Playing a loop of four or five holes we could walk when Patrick was a young kid. All the trips to the juniors and the amateur events. I saw his life's history, all those times with him. And then I saw it culminate with Patrick winning the Masters."
The Reeds - Bill, Jeannette and their daughter Hannah - have not spoken to their son in six years. In 2012 the family voiced their concerns over Reed getting married too young--Reed was 22 at the time and was set to marry his former caddy, Justine. In turn, Pattrick cut off communication with this family and they were not invited to the wedding.
Fast forward a few years and Justine allegedly had the Reeds removed from the grounds of the U.S. Open in 2014 and in late 2016 there was a bitter back in forth on social media, one in which Justine accused the Reeds of mentally and physically abusing their son. The Reeds have denied any allegations of abuse.
After Reed claimed his first major championship, Alan Shipnuck of Golf.com asked Reed if it was "bittersweet" not to be able to share the victory with his family and the golfer simply replied with:
"I'm just out here to play golf and try to win golf tournaments."
Reed finished -15 for the tournament and the win marks his first major championship.