CHASKA, Minn. ? As Patrick Reed stood on the 18th green, reveling in his 1-up triumph over a gassed Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the Ryder Cup, he found himself in an awkward spot.
More than three minutes after his match ended, Reed was still holding on to his putter, his Hammer of Thor, one instrument of 14 that led him to 3.5 points that helped the United States to its first Ryder Cup victory in eight years. As he was about to start a string of TV interviews, Reed called out to captain Davis Love III. As Love came over, Reed lifted his putter in the air, parallel to the ground. Love cupped the blade with his hands, like he were being bequeathed Excalibur.