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Patrick Reed’s fans say the golfer is misjudged and misrepresented

By Clara Facchetti
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Calm. Human. Outspoken. Opinionated. These are some of the unfamiliar words that fans used to describe American golfer Patrick Reed at Riviera Country Club this week.

Reed was in L.A. to play in the Genesis Invitational, where he finished in 51st place at 2 over par. Plagued by college rumors that accused him of cheating in golf and stealing from teammates (which he always denied), and several career incidents, most notably a recent one involving sand tampering at the Hero World Challenge last December, Reed has had to deal with an unsavory reputation.

Yet he is not entirely disliked, as a small but nonetheless fierce fan base followed him from hole to hole at Riviera. Reed’s fans said they were drawn to many of his qualities, such as his humanity, relateability and strong mental game, as well as his performances in golf.

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Northwestern alum talks life as a basketball G League player in Los Angeles

By Clara Facchetti
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — When Reggie Hearn played his first minutes for Northwestern University’s basketball team, he was a walk-on with little experience. By the time his senior season came around, Hearn had become indispensable to his team.

After a few years in the G League, he was signed by the Detroit Pistons in 2017, scoring the first NBA points by a Northwestern graduate since Geno Carlisle in 2004.

Three years later, Hearn is back to the G League, playing for the South Bay Lakers in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, he reflected on his journey since leaving Evanston.

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Genesis Invitational: Tiger Woods has his eyes set on the title

By Clara Facchetti
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods will never forget it.

He was with his father at the historic Riviera Country Club and saw Tom Watson on the eighth hole.

“Tom hit his ball to the back of the left pin, hit it left of the green,” Woods said. “I’m basically one of the only ones over there and [Watson’s caddie] Bruce [Edwards] was on the bag and I’m standing looking up at the golf ball. He comes over and says, ‘Move out of the way kid’, and pushes me out of the way. So, I’m on tour telling him this story and he says, ‘Well, you were in the way.’”

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