By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- A year ago, Patrick Reed didn't always know where or when he would play.
After getting his PGA TOUR card through q-school, however, he could play almost as much as he wanted this season.
"My idea was to play as much as possible my rookie season and earn enough to be on TOUR next year and at that point know every course and know which ones to play and which not to," he said.
Put down TPC River Highlands as the former.
Reed shot his second straight 66 Friday to enter the weekend 8 under and near the top of the leaderboard at the Travelers Championship.
It's also Reed's fourth start with new equipment in the bag -- he switched to Callaway the Tuesday of the HP Byron Nelson Championship -- and he's just now settling into it.
After two mediocre finishes there and at Colonial, Reed finished fifth in Memphis and is in contention here, which is also the first of six consecutive weeks on the road.
It has also helped that last year was more like Reed's rookie season than this one with 12 starts, several of which came via Monday qualifying, including this one a year ago.
This season, he's played in just one Monday qualifier -- for the Northern Trust Open -- but got into the tournament anyway off his top 10 from the week before.
Another reason for the recent turnaround: Reed has learned how to manage his swing fixes under coach Kevin Kirk.
"I can do most of my work in front of a mirror and come out and do a normal practice round," Reed said.
So far, it appears to be working.