AUGUSTA, Ga. – Patrick Reed's father cried over the phone. I cried on the phone. We both had good reasons.
Bill Reed's son had just won the Masters and he wanted to hug him. My mother died too soon and I wanted to hug her. 
Rory McIlroy tried thought-provoking games. Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth pushed their opponent to the limit. Even fans were against the local leader. But Patrick Reed wiped them all aside to win his first major, no less than Augusta.
Kessler Karain was watching Patrick Reed win his first major. It was also the first major on a bag for Karain. He goes through his thoughts and tries to get away not only with the flag of the 18th green, but also with the flagship.
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None of us could have had what we wanted most.
So we cried Monday mornings, two 50-something dads who talk about remorse and family differences and the things you wish you would have said and done before loved ones died. We also talked about green jackets. Patrick won the Masters 3 miles from his father Bill and his mother Jeannette and younger sister Hannah, who were watching Sunday night with their family friends from their Augusta home. They were uninvited guests at the coronation of the new 27-year-old King of Golf.
And yet, when Patrick sank his victory putt, his mother, father, and sister began to cry hysterically when they fell into a group hug. "Since we all hugged each other like a family," Bill said, "we said, 'This is also for Patrick, we all hug him too.'
He lost it on the phone. I lost it on the phone.
"We thought about going there and sitting back outside the ceremony," Bill said, "but we could not find any badges."
The reed has not spoken to her son and brother in six years. Like most family alienations, theirs are complicated. It's Patrick and his wife Justine and their family on one side, Bill and Jeannette and Hannah and her family on the other side. The leaves are not welcome at Patrick's tournaments; Golf.com reported that they were accompanied by Justines request for the US Open 2014 site. Several years ago I met Bill at a tournament and it was clear he was trying to watch his son playing golf without anyone realizing that he was watching his son play golf. AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 8: Patrick Reed of the United States celebrates celebration during the Green Jacket ceremony after winning the 2018 Masters Tournament Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. Andrew Redington / Getty Images
Bill did not want to talk about the peculiarities of alienation on Monday morning, except to say that he desperately wants to end it. Bill and Jeannette are still waiting for Patrick's two small children, their two young grandchildren. "We will pray every day, just as we will, that we will see Patrick and these two children," said Bill. "We pray every day that our families will be together."
Patrick Reed said this when asked on Sunday if his family's absence made the triumph bitter-sweet: "I'm here to play golf and win golf tournaments."
But Bill wants this to be about the masters and joy of a father watching his own flesh and blood. As soon as Patrick was born, Bill bought him a plastic set of golf clubs. He did not try to raise a champion. He just thought golf would one day help his son as an adult businessman trying to do business.
They lived off the Dominion Country Club class in San Antonio, and father and son could not get enough of the game. They practiced with plastic balls in the house and presented rugs as tee boxes and greens and hardwood floors as water hazards. The Reeds would drive to Hank Haney's Ranch in McKinney, Texas, where one of the instructors, Peter Murphy, would show Patrick Tapes of Haney's lessons with Tiger Woods.
Patrick grew into a prodigy, a two-time NCAA champion at Augusta State, a five-time PGA Tour winner, and a 54-hole leader at the Masters by Saturday night. Rory McIlroy, four-time major winner and Reed's Ryder Cup victim at Hazeltine, told the world that the pressure on the man with a 3-round lead and no big title was in his name. Bill Reed knew right away that McIlroy had just made a tactical mistake.
"That was the beginning of the mistake for Patrick to really deepen," Bill Reed said. "If you caught that moment in Patrick's press conference when asked for Rory's comment, you can see a little grin on his face – if I were Rory, I would not have done that, yes, Patrick would get nervous, but the enormity of the moment is never too big for him.
"During those five or six hours, I had a visual framework in which he grew up over the years. It was a picture show in slow motion.
Bill Reed's emotions were harsh when he saw his son winning the Masters
"I mentioned this to Jeannette on Saturday night: the more I heard on TV, who they thought winning, and the more I heard people Rory and the other great players, I said to them, "Patrick looks at this, or his parents-in-law and his wife are watching and they are telling him, that's all you have to do with Patrick, if you doubt him and telling him that he can not do anything, that's all he needs. "
" And then on Sunday, I could tell when I saw Patrick, internally, he would not let anyone take that victory away, he might not have been Best of the first three days, but I could see in his face that if he had to do a putt or make up for something, he would dig and make sure no one took it away. "
As Bill watched Reed like his boy McIlroy beat up and pushed back the spirited challenges of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. Patrick's childhood flashed before his eyes. He described the out-of-body experience as intoxicating and surreal.
"During those five or six hours, I had a visual impression of how he grew up over the years," Bill said. Patrick was running through the back door, where we lived in San Antonio, near the sixth green on the track, we came out of that bunker, we played a loop of four or five holes Patrick was a small one Child, all trips to juniors and amateur events.
"I've seen his life story, all the time with him. And then I saw how Patrick won the Master. "
Bill Reed was watching from his outdoor kitchen area with family and friends, some of whom were Afghans, not worried about the two-putt his son needed on the 18th on Green." He was worried about Patrick's last tee and the need to stay on the fairway and out of the bunker.
"I had a sigh of relief as he shot the tea through that gap," Bill said. "We all know how dangerous this gap is. At that moment, damn it, Patrick would not stop anything from getting inside. Patrick
Patrick made his attempt to beat Fowler in one fell swoop, and three miles away his parents and sister became more and more emotional They absorbed the scene Sergio Garcia, the 2017 champion, put the green jacket on Patrick's shoulders, and the reed cried even more.
Bill is a 58-year-old and executive director of Quest Diagnostics Monday was a day's work, but it was not an ordinary working day, the emails, lyrics and calls were overwhelming, as were the memories.  "As a parent," said Bill, "you want the best for your kids, no matter what they do. They want them to be successful at the highest level, especially in Patrick's case, because he has always been a tireless worker. I have goose bumps, if only I talk about it. "
Bill began to say something about his hope that his son would wake up one day and … and … and then he lost it again." I followed his lead.  Bill Reed's son is just finishing the Masters won, and the winner just wanted a hug.