Patrick Reed willfully oblivious to the never-ending controversy

Lahoma Whitelow

ORLANDO, Fla. — A familiar name was lurking near the top of the leaderboard entering the weekend in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Patrick Reed, to some “Captain America’’ and to others a man they love to hate and hate to love, but to almost all, the sport’s most polarizing player.

Reed entered Saturday’s third round at Bay Hill in position to win another golf tournament — just two weeks removed from winning the WGC-Mexico Championship — standing at 4-under, trailing the leaders by just three shots.

Then Reed fell victim to what most of the rest of the field did Saturday: The deceptively treacherous conditions that took over Bay Hill, produced bloated scores from some of the world’s best players and threatened to make grown men cry.

Reed finished with a shocking 8-over 80 and tumbled out of contention, just one day after waxing poetic to The Post about how

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