American Patrick Reed and European Rory McIlroy have played out of their minds in today’s Ryder Cup match, but the quality of their golf has been topped by the strength of their celebrations.
McIlroy took a lead after the third hole, but Reed squared up with a fifth-hole eagle. He preened for the crowd at Hazeltine National in Minnesota:
Both golfers birdied the sixth hole. McIlroy celebrated his effort with a scream. Reed gave a bow—McIlroy had taken a bow after an eagle putt Friday—and wagged his finger at the European:
On the seventh hole, Reed sank a putt for birdie and yelled, “Let’s go!” as McIlroy set up his ball:
McIlroy saw Reed’s mimicry and topped it. After a birdie, the European put a finger to his mouth, a Reed specialty:
After a daunting but successful birdie putt on the eighth hole, McIlroy lost his mind:
Reed matched McIlroy’s birdie and once again wagged his finger at him. The two kept it friendly after the hole:
The match is all square through 11, but goddamn, that was awesome.