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the country in his car with his wife, Justine, parlayed his Monday qualifiers into 12 starts, piled up $302,977, and ended the year T-22 in the Qualifying Tournament to earn PGA TOUR status. He’s never looked back, a sort of throwback to the days of yesteryear if ever there was one. Determination makes for the sturdiest of foundations, though, and upon his Reed mounted five PGA TOUR wins. Often, though, he was reminded of his less-than-stellar performances in the major championships. In fact, his tie for second at the 2017 PGA Championship was his first top-10 in 16 major starts, but such selective edits of his past failed to rock Reed’s resolve. When Reed, 27, recorded his sixth PGA TOUR win, it was draped in an iconic bit of clothing and shaded by just one memory—the time he was asked what carried him through all those Monday qualifiers. “I just believe in myself,” he said.  Jim McCabe was an editor and staff writer with Boston Globe Media for more than 23 years and a senior writer for Golfweek. He is currently a staff writer for the PGA TOUR.

Patrick Reed wore the green of a Masters champion six years after a gritty beginning to his TOUR career.

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nly one view of Patrick Reed should have resonated April 8, 2018—the one of him wearing the storied green jacket. When you stand where legends have stood and wear what the greats have worn, you deserve to bask in the accolades of a Masters Tournament triumph. But, okay, if allowed to let the mind wander, here was a memory of the 2018 Masters champion that played out in my mind as Reed closed with 71 for 15-under 273 to hold off Rickie Fowler by one: The year 2012 when a then 21-year-old Reed made it through not one, not two, not three, but six Monday qualifiers in an effort to prove he had what it takes to play on the PGA TOUR. There are rising stars who get that many sponsor exemptions in a season, but Reed knew he didn’t “fit the mold” so he didn’t have a problem doing it the old-fashioned way. He earned it. “You have to feel and believe in yourself to be successful,” said Reed in the spring of 2014 when his determined effort had led to his first Masters appearance. From zero status to start 2012, Reed crisscrossed

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