It has been a whirlwind couple of days for Patrick Reed. Following a pressure-packed weekend at Augusta National, the newly minted Masters champion landed in New York City on Monday for an exhaustive media and celebrity tour.
An appearance at the Empire State Building, sitting courtside at a New York Knicks with Chris Rock, 2Chainz and Aziz Ansari, then doing the television rounds through The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Kelly and Ryan, "CBS This Morning" and others.
So we're quite sure that Reed was looking forward to resting up and enjoying some time off after his wild weekend. And the Masters champion and his wife, Justine, appeared to have started their downtime the way you or me might have. When they landed back home in Texas on Tuesday, it appears the Reeds chose Chick-Fil-A as their desired relaxing meal before arriving at home in The Woodlands, Texas.
With their children, Windsor Wells and Benjamin, in tow, we can see why it probably would've been too much to stop at the grocery store and fire up some home-cooked meal. We don't blame the Masters champion and his family for unwinding with a little fast food. And we have The Woodlands' Chick-Fil-A to thank for capturing the moment.
This, of course, continues what has become a unique sort of Masters tradition. Phil Mickelson made headlines for heading to Krispy Kreme the morning after his 2010 Masters triumph and ordering doughnuts while donning his green jacket. Reed's Ryder Cup buddy, Jordan Spieth, also celebrated his Masters win in 2015 with a trip to Chick-Fil-A. And Bubba Watson has gone the fast-food route post-Masters a couple times, showing up to Waffle House and Steak n' Shake in the green jacket, and leaving massive tips to go along with the bill.
It's certainly somewhat comical how a Masters champion, who just earned a $1.8 million winner's payout, plus the potential for significant endorsement dollars that come with the win, would opt for a cheap fast-food meal. But like we said, perhaps it's a reminder that these guys are just like you and me. Chicken nuggets and some waffle fries sound like a pretty good way to decompress from being the focus of the sports world for about five days.