Reed is quite pleased with where he is and what he's become. He said his college experiences taught him how to put a team's interests ahead of his own (at least some of the time), and inspired him to call his pregnant wife (and former caddie) Justine, brother-in-law (and current caddie) Kessler Karain, coach Kirk, and his agent (Kevin Canning of Legacy) "Team Reed."
The captain of that team, Reed himself, maintained that he does have friends on the tour, and that he does prefer to be liked rather than loathed by his peers. But he also understands why arguably the three greatest players of all time -- Nicklaus, Woods, and Ben Hogan -- were not exactly loved by those they vanquished.
"It's not a popularity contest out there," Reed said.
He's far more interested in winning something else. Can he pull it off in his first major? Who knows?
His high school teammate, Chandler, made a safer Masters prediction.
"When he arrives, you'll know he's there," Chandler said.
"Patrick Reed's never been the kind of player who's going to go anywhere quietly."
ESPN.com's Bob Harig contributed to this report.