December 3 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- It’s a good thing for Patrick Reed that the final round of q-school is on a Monday.
Reed of course Monday qualified six times this season on the PGA TOUR. He’s taken advantage of his limited opportunities, too, netting four top-25 finishes in a dozen starts.
Still, if Reed is going to be on the PGA TOUR next season, he needs to finish in the top 25 here at q-school. So far, so good. Reed is 4 under through 13 holes here in the final round and 16 under for the week, one stroke inside the magic number in a tie for 24th.
Why does Reed happen to play so well on Mondays?
“It’s 18 holes, just like match play,” Reed said. “You have to make birdies. It’s the urgency of 18 holes and just getting it done.”
To his point, Reed, a first-team All-American last year at Augusta State, went 6-0 in the match-play portion of the last two NCAA Championships and was a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur.
The difference here, of course, is that there 108 holes spread over six days. It’s cliché, but Reed has just tried to take them one day and one round at a time, and he hasn’t changed his philosophy that worked so well in Monday qualifiers this year.
“I’m an aggressive player,” Reed said. “I probably played conservatively once and that was in the first stage and I shot 2 over that day, so that’ll be the last time I play conservatively.”