By Craig DeVrieze, Special to PGATOUR.COM
SILVIS, Ill. – Patrick Reed used the word “we” 35 times in discussing the 8-under 63 he rode to the top of the John Deere Classic leaderboard on Friday morning.
That’s a testament to the high esteem in which the PGA TOUR rookie holds his caddie.
Of course Justine Reed thinks pretty highly of her man as well.
“It’s definitely a team,” Patrick said of the husband-wife/golfer-caddie combo that even has a website call goteamreed.com. “I mean, she helps me with everything. I never check the wind. She tells me what the wind is. Most of the time, she helps me pick most of my clubs. She seems to know my distances better than I do. She’s great at reading putts. So I kind of have the full package.”
But if Team Reed should grow?
“You’re going to see us basically forever,” the golfer said. “Or until we decide to have a family, and at that point she’ll be off the bag I’d say for three or four months, and then she’ll be back on.”
Mrs. Reed’s read on that? “Makes me feel appreciated for sure,” she said. “I like the way he thinks, but when that happens, we’ll just stay in the moment.”
Patrick Reed managed to stay in the moment fairly well over the course of a 1-over opening nine on Thursday, when he couldn’t quite figure out the speed of the TPC Deere Run greens. After making the turn with 15 putts, he said, “I almost felt like I was going to beat myself with my putter if I didn’t adjust,” he said.
Adjust he did. Team Reed has navigated their ensuing 27 holes with just 34 putts. Justine Reed didn’t even have to hand her man the putter on the par 5 17th on Friday. He chipped in from 37 feet en route to a round of 63 that matched his best career score.
They also played the first two rounds with Billy Mayfair, whose wife Tammy is caddying for him.
Team Reed has been on a bit of a roll since switching to Callaway clubs and balls at the HP Byron Nelson Classic. A fifth-place finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic a month ago was the best of Reed’s young career and a pair of 66s to open the Travelers sent him into the weekend in the lead pack.
Playing in their second John Deere Classic, Team Reed will look to finish the job this weekend. And should they make it to the winner’s circle, Mr. and Mrs. Reed can settle on the caddie’s share of the $828,000 winner’s check while flying to The Open Championship in the John Deere Classic supplied.
“I can’t answer that question,” Justine Reed said when asked if she is in for standard caddie’s 10 percent. “According to Dicky Pride, I get 100 percent.”