LOS ANGELES, August 19, 2013 — Though they are not the first husband golfer and caddie wife duo to work together on the Tour, Sunday they consummated rookie Patrick Reed’s marriage to professional golf. Reed defeated Jordan Speith in a two-hole playoff to earn his first career victory on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC. Both Reed and 20-year old phenom Jordan Speith finished regulation play at 14 under par before returning to the 18th hole for sudden death.
On the first playoff hole, Reed missed a short birdie attempt that would have secured victory, this after Speith had dropped a long par saving putt from 30 feet. It was Patrick Reed’s turn on the second extra hole to then pull off what Reed described as the best shot of his life. Reed was fortunate to find his ball resting in pine straw and ivy near the barrier stakes after narrowly avoiding out of bounds off the tee.
Taking a baseball swing, Reed punched a 7 iron through the trees within seven feet of the flag. After a near miss by Speith, Reed sealed it by making the putt, resulting in the 23-year old’s first career victory. Patrick Reed and his wife/caddie, Justine, celebrated with a kiss while fighting back tears. They now set their sights on next week’s Barclay’s, the first stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs with a $10,000,000 first prize awaiting the eventual champion.
Last year, Justine and Patrick Reed had made a fiscal decision to pair up as a team while earning his spot on the 2013 PGA Tour. A caddie’s take is commonly 10% of a player’s earnings. Before gaining full-time status on the TOUR, Justine first caddied for Patrick at a Monday qualifier in Houston last year, and again looped for him while securing his PGA Tour Playing Card at Qualifying School a few months later. The Reed’s were then married during the holidays and Justine has remained a fixture on the bag since. With his victory today, Reed locks up playing privileges on the big circuit for at least two years, making for a happy home indeed.
It was just a few years ago that Patrick Reed helped lead Augusta State to back-to-back NCAA Division One Golf Championships in 2010 and 2011. Now a champion of a PGA Tour event, he has opened many doors, most notably is an invitation to The Masters at Augusta National next April. Reed will return to his college town, this time taking the drive down Magnolia Lane with a tee time and the name REED on the back of Justine’s traditional caddie jumper.
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