This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
One of the most perplexing questions about the Astros and their sign-stealing scandal has been: Why would they do it, why would they need to do it, since they clearly were already among the best teams? The same could be asked of Patrick Reed.
Going toe-to-toe against current and former top-five golfers, Reed played the smartest and steadiest of them all to win the WGC-Mexico by one stroke on Sunday at Chapultepec. It was his eighth career victory, and five of them have been huge: a major, two playoff events and now two WGCs. Reed thus moves to No. 8 in the world, one position off his career best.
Six golfers jockeyed atop the leaderboard as a wild day of golf developed. Along with Reed, there was world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No. 3 Jon Rahm, No. 4 Justin Thomas, one-time top-five Bryson DeChambeau and emerging South African Erik van Rooyen. All of them made mistakes – all except Reed, who played bogey-free until he was able to withstand a lone blemish on 18.
The whole week unfolded under the backdrop of renewed allegations against Reed, this time from former CBS announcer Peter Kostis on the No Laying Up podcast.
Some will view this win as redemption of sorts for Reed, who fittingly was adorned in black pants, black shirt and black hat. Cara Banks on Golf Channel opened the post-tournament Gold Central by saying that Reed was "trying to rewrite his recent narrative." Maybe