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CHASKA, Minn. Adidas Dylan Strome Jersey . -- Tiger Woods made a beeline for an American golfer near the 18th green, the one golfer who always had the unmitigated gall to wear Tigers shade of win-or-else red on Sundays. Patrick Reed had a swing doctor in his youth, Peter Murphy, who worked with Hank Haney when the coach was working with Woods on Haneys ranch.Reed wanted to be Tiger when he grew up. Didnt every kid with a driver or a wedge in his hands? But Reed didnt just want to beat opponents as consistently as Woods did. He wanted to punish people, and scare them, just like Tiger did on muscle memory in his prime.Patrick took a lot away from Tigers demeanor, and his intimidation, Murphy would say, the way Tiger had an air about him. ...He wanted to show people that he wouldnt back down.Back down? Reed was no more likely to back down, or lay up, than the late, great Arnold Palmer. As a child prodigy in Texas, Reed was willing to put himself out there and risk a nine-car crash on the final hole in relentless pursuit of victory.And this is why Woods was heading right for him Sunday after Reed played in the Ryder Cup like Tiger did in only his wildest imagination. Woods doesnt respect opponents who shy away from full-contact engagement and the kind of psychological warfare that separates the winners from the losers, and the men from the boys.As an American vice captain, Woods loved it when Reed told him hed better not bench him for any of the four team sessions with the Europeans. As a high-profile -- if temporary -- witness of Reeds epic battle with Rory McIlroy, Woods loved it when the Americans best player traded punches with the Irish heavyweight in a prizefight best described as Ali-Frazier without the blood.So Woods and Reed sank into each others arms for the most meaningful embrace following the United States 17-11 victory over a European team that hadnt lost the Ryder Cup since 2008. They held each other tight while Reed asked Woods why in the world hed exited his singles match long before it was over.Where were you? Reed said. You left me.You had it handled, Tiger shrieked. No, you had McIlroy handled.You left me, Reeds responded through a delirious smile, and all of a sudden I made bogeys.Yes, Reed made three bogeys from the ninth hole forward. But that did nothing to diminish the staggering golf he and McIlroy played over the first eight holes, when the leadoff singles match of the day turned into Turnberry, 1977, the legendary duel in the sun between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.They shared in the damnedest sequence on Hazeltines eighth green, with their match all square after Reed had gone eagle-birdie-birdie to McIlroys birdie-birdie-birdie. The Irishman whacked a putt that his opponent estimated traveled 70 or more feet, and when it dropped, McIlroy lost his mind in another of his manic jigs and dramatically cupped his ear with his hand while mouthing the words, I cant hear you.On cue, Reed relished the challenge this moment presented 25 feet from pay dirt. When a guy does something like that, he said, you have to be mentally tough enough to go make a putt.Reed sank his, and the crowd went nuts as the American pumped his fists in his now-familiar Jimmy Connors-on-steroids way. Reed then wagged his finger at an appreciative McIlroy. These two Ryder Cup titans bumped fists and wrapped their arms around each others backs as they headed to the next tee.McIlroy was never the same player after that. Drained from his MMA matches with the Hazeltine crowds all weekend, his reactions to their jeering bordering on the absurd, McIlroy bogeyed the ninth and played his final 10 holes in 2 over. He couldnt get up and down out of a bunker at No. 12, giving Reed his first lead, and he missed a short par putt on the 13th. Reed conceded a short but slippery downhiller at the 15th that seemed like an overly generous gift to McIlroy, then responded with a winning birdie on the next hole.I ran out of steam, McIlroy conceded.His only birdie on the back nine came at the 18th, and that was a putt he never got to take. Up one, Reed hit his approach shot almost as tight as his opponents, stalked his line to the hole, and then drained the bird that killed off McIlroy and effectively ended Europes long-shot bid for an upset. Were all gutted, said the losing captain, Darren Clarke.A McIlroy victory couldve altered the dynamics of this entire day. Rory wanted Reed, and Reed wanted him, and in the end the 26-year-old Texan was left with a 6-1-2 record in two Ryder Cups, and with a reputation as one of the most ferocious competitors American golf has ever seen.Patrick has a lot of built-up emotion, said his wife Justine, and this is the time that he can really let it out and just have fun. The Ryder Cup is fun for him. He loves to compete. This is when he can really let out his personality and character.Sunday morning, Justine said her husband got up earlier than usual. As I woke up, she recalled, Patrick was walking out the door. He just said, Ive got to go do my job.Reed did the kind of fire-breathing, team-carrying job the Ian Poulters and Colin Montgomeries used to do for the Europeans. The U.S. has been waiting forever for a player with this kind of passion, this kind of fearless approach to a tee-to-green representation of his country.Its funny how this player turned out to be Reed, a me-centric kid thrown off the University of Georgia team for boorish behavior (some of it fueled by alcohol), suspended by his Augusta State coach for more boorish behavior, and universally loathed by the same Augusta State teammates he would lead to back-to-back NCAA titles.His college coach at Augusta State, Josh Gregory, would say his goal was to convince his players they were better than they really were, a pitch he never made to Reed. Patrick, Gregory said, already thought he was twice as good as he really was.Reed wasnt the most popular player in PGA Tour locker rooms even before his 2014 claim that he stood among the worlds top five players. Hes estranged from his family (neither side talks about the dividing issues, for the record), and in some ways he might resemble the pudgy, obnoxious, hot dog-scarfing American depicted by Danny Willetts brother Peter in an article that did Danny and the Euros no favors.No, in the context of on-course decorum, Patrick Reed might not have been Arnold Palmers cup of iced tea. But on a day of redemption for Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson, who was good for 10 birdies in his halved match with Sergio Garcia, Reed was the difference between winning and misery.Any time I feel like I can go one-on-one against somebody, Reed said, its something I love to do.He traded theatric bows and fist pumps and finger-to-lips shushes with McIlroy, who had never lost in Ryder Cup singles, and exorcised a legion of red, white and blue demons. The Hazeltine fans chanted his name, and the ultimate match-play lion -- a guy without a single top-10 finish in the majors -- roared in delight.Its a dream come true, Reed said.Make no mistake: Patrick Reed will never be Tiger Woods, not by five country miles. But Reed has already become the Tiger Woods of the Ryder Cup, and thats really bad news for the international golfers whod grown accustomed to sinking the Americans on both sides of the pond. Adidas Wayne Gretzky Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Adidas Laurent Dauphin Jersey . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. http://www.cheapcoyotesjerseys.com/?tag=adidas-keith-tkachuk-jersey . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca.HOUSTON -- Safety Ed Reed missed the Houston Texans first spring workout on Monday as he recovers from hip surgery in Colorado. Coach Gary Kubiak said Reed is "doing really well." The nine-time Pro Bowler signed a three-year contract in free agency and will miss organized team activities. "The expectations are for him to leave Colorado sometime this week," Kubiak said. "But its going good." Linebacker Brian Cushing will also miss OTAs as he recovers from left knee surgery. Cushing tore his anterior cruciate ligament after a rolling hit by New York Jets guard Matt Slauson on Oct. 8. He said his rehab has gone well and he has no restrictions on the knee. "There havent been any setbacks," Cushing said. "Its felt great, Im starting to feel like me again. Thats a hell of a feeling, considering how hard it was some mornings just to get up. "But its just night and day and its in the past. Its full-throttle now, and Im going to go as hard as I can until Im back." First-round pick DeAndre Hopkins took the field for the first time with Andre Johnson, the star receiver that Hopkins was brought in to complement with his big-play ability. "Im not thinking too much about it, Im thinking through it," Hopkins said. "Im trying to make everything perfect." Hopkins impressed coaches at last weekends rookie minicamp and Johnson said Hopkins has been a quick study this week. "He seems to know everything," Johnson said. "I havent seen him make any mistakes as far as lining up or anything like that and he hasnt busted any plays. Its all been positive so far." Quarterback Matt Schaub, who missed OTAs last year as he recovered from a broken foot, said Hopkins already carries himself like a veteran. "Its only day one out here, but you see that hes not got the deer in the headlights look," Schaub said. "Hes ready to go and is very positive and just works hard. Adidas Christian Fischer Jersey. " With the addition of Hopkins, Johnson thinks the Texans will have the best collection of receivers in his time in Houston. Hopkins joined Lestar Jean, an undrafted free agent in 2011, and 2012 draft pick Keshawn Martin in Mondays drills. DeVier Posey, a third-round pick last year, watched Mondays practice from the sideline as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the playoffs. Kubiak said Posey is ahead of schedule in his rehab and wants to beat the projection that hell start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Kubiak said linebacker Brooks Reed took reps at inside linebacker, which allowed draft picks Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams to play with the first and second teams. Montgomery and Williams play outside linebacker and Kubiak says OTAs provide a good opportunity for Reed to explore the new spot. Reed has been an outside linebacker since the Texans drafted him in 2011 and hes been working with Cushing to learn to play inside. "Your eyes have got to be better, and that just takes discipline and repetition," Reed said. Linebacker Darryl Sharpton also participated after hurting his hip in the Texans regular-season finale. Kubiak said hell be "protective" of Sharpton and keep him out of some special teams drills. Cornerback Brice McCain was also back "on a temporary basis," Kubiak said, after breaking his left foot in a Dec. 2 game against Tennessee. Setting the tone, 2012 defensive player of the year J.J. Watt was the first non-kicker to take the practice field on Monday morning. "We have a lot of new faces on this team and we have to let them know what its like to play in this organization and be playing in this city for this team," Watt said. "There is a culture around here -- you work your butt off. Thats what you have to learn." ' ' '
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