Mark Herrmann | May 15, 2018
Seconds after he became the Masters champion, concluding a long day in which most of the crowd had cheered for everybody but him, Patrick Reed was greeted by a friendly soul wearing a green jacket.
“I think I was the second one to congratulate him, after Justine,” Jimmy Dunne said, referring to Reed’s wife. “I could not believe how calm he was. He reached out and got hold of the lapel of my Augusta member’s jacket and said, ‘Dunne-Man, now I have one of these of my own.’ ”
The moment was a joyful grace note for both men, who have become pals in golf. It also was a prelude. Dunne will be among the first to welcome Reed to the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, another club at which he is a member. It is where Dunne was the first to shoot 63. It is where he has loyalty that runs long and deep. It is where his heart is.
“He has told me it is an absolutely great golf course,” Reed said at The Players Championship.
Dunne, in a telephone interview, said, “I told him Shinnecock is the greatest golf course in the world, which I believe.”
The first time Dunne made that proclamation, he was a Babylon teenager in the 1970s, painting houses during summers. He and best buddy Chris Quackenbush had worked on the Shinnecock Hills clubhouse and got to play the hallowed grounds. Dunne was instantly mesmerized.