CBS Sports golf writer Kyle Porter called it “insane.”
And former Augusta State University All-American Patrick Reed called it – over and over – “the best shot of my life.”
All of them are correct. It was a birdie on the second hole of a playoff at the Wyndham Championship, and it catapulted Reed to his first PGA Tour win Sunday.
And we don’t use the term “catapulted” lightly. Last week, Reed was the 169th-ranked pro golfer in the world. This week, on the heels of his third consecutive top-10 finish, he’s 64th.
Chalk up yet another proud link between the Augusta area and the world of golf. Reed helped lead ASU to its national golf titles in 2010 and 2011.
And Augustans haven’t seen the last of Reed yet – the Wyndham win clinches Reed a spot at the 2014 Masters Tournament.
But back to that shot.
Reed’s tee shot on the par-4 10th clipped a tree and landed so close to the out-of-bounds stakes that, for a few minutes, Reed thought he had blown it.
But tournament officials counted the shot in-bounds. So Reed took out his 7-iron to tackle the uphill lie.
“It was like I was back playing T-ball,” Reed told the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. “The ball was so far above my feet it almost felt like I was taking a baseball swing. I had a tree overhanging. I couldn’t see the flag.”
The shot arced high and, in what Spieth called “one of the best shots I ever witnessed,” the ball landed just a few beautiful feet from the pin.
The victory earned Reed $954,000 in prize money and 500 FedEx Cup points, but you can’t put a dollar amount on the golden, joyful moment when he lifted his wife – and caddie – Justine into the air to celebrate his win.
You can point to amazing playoffs like this if you want to offer proof of a new, exciting youth movement in professional golf. Reed, who turned pro in 2011, is 23 years old. And Spieth, who turned in his own brand of stellar play at the Wyndham, just turned 20 last month.
Another golfer might have cursed his rough circumstance on the course – and some have, unfortunately, loud enough for microphones on the tour to pick up.
But Reed’s final-hole performance displayed the poise and professionalism that golf fans have come to expect from their favorite pros.