Instead of looking ahead to how much more this Masters champion might achieve, the inclination was to look into the past of a flawed character in a green jacket.
Patrick Reed won the Masters on Sunday, holding off challenges from some of golf's biggest names - but he did it without wearing his signature color, and it appears he won't be allowed to wear it at a major anytime soon.
This is the 50th year on tour for The Heritage, which was first played in 1969, with Arnold Palmer claiming the inaugural event. This was a Ryder Cup star and a 5 time PGA Tour victor, certainly no back number. It wasn't Reed's fault that McIlroy couldn't buy a putt. "He's always been good at match play".
"There's a lot of stuff that you can do at a Ryder Cup that you can't do at Augusta National", Reed said with a smile. It didn't work out that way.
On the 18th hole, Reed finished with a 1-under 71 to hold off challenger Rickie Fowler.
On the 12th, McIlroy's goose was cooked and Reed only led by one. Spieth and McIlroy were tied for fourth at 4-under par.
Woods had two birdies and an eagle on the back and looked like he would get to even par for the event. All week, he was deadly with the putter, ice cold. "Worst-case scenario we'll make par". "I was growing up watching him".
I am disappointed for Rory McIlroy.
Until Sunday, he was best known for the trophies he shared at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
The four-time Masters champion somewhat returned to form at Augusta National. This will gnaw for a while. "Everyone else, even though they said all those great things about how I was playing, they thought Rory was going to win".
Finally, Reed, who had not won since August 2016, concluded, "Coming into this year one of my biggest goals was to win a major and compete in golf (Majors) tournaments". Time will tell where McIlroy will rank.
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They spent the past few months trying to find Patrick the right clubs after he struggled a year ago with his equipment.
Spieth is just incredible.
AU golf coach Jack O'Keefe does not know Reed personally, he never coached him. He would have been sixth to the career Slam.
"I am leading", he said. "I missed competing against these guys", four-times Masters victor Woods said after shooting a final-round 69 that included an eagle at the par-five 15th".
Rickie Fowler came closer than ever to major championship glory at the US Masters on Sunday and now the American, instilled with a newfound belief that his day will come, can not wait for his next shot. The California native is rising 30 and he now has 8 top five finishes in majors. If you get riled up, show it. When he needed to birdie the last, he did, and that demonstrated guts. His putting is an asset. Fowler can play in all types of conditions and relishes links golf. Count on him breaking through soon, he is no choker.
World number one Dustin Johnson fired a 69 to share 10th on 281 and retain his rankings lead.
McIlroy shot 2 over and finished six shots back. If he can control his temper and cool down a little, it's all there for him.
"I really haven't come off cloud nine yet", said Reed.
Spieth had racked up nine birdies, threatening the course record and gunning for what would have been an historic last-round rally, when his tee shot at 18 clipped a tree branch and dropped like a stone, leading to a bogey. Reed has been estranged from his parents, Bill and Jeannette and younger sister, Hannah since he married Justine at the age of 22 in 2012.
His actions went down very well with Golf fans on Twitter, who praised him for his actions.