By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The congratulatory texts and e-mails are still arriving.
But by the time Patrick Reed had beaten Jordan Spieth on the second hole of sudden death at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, most of his peers had already packed up and headed north -- if they were lucky -- to get ready for the FedExCup Playoffs.
So it wasn't until Reed pulled into the parking lot at Liberty National on Tuesday that what he accomplished at Sedgefield Country Club really began to sink in.
"Once we got here and pulled in to see two good friends of mine, Robert Garrigus and Jerry Kelly who were the first players to see, came up and gave me a big hug, said congrats; it meant a lot," Reed said. "It's not every day you win a PGA TOUR event, and it's always been a dream and to have that happened, that's when it really started to set in."
There will undoubtedly be more pats on the back in the locker room and on the range over the next few days. But Reed, who enters The Barclays ranked 22nd in the FedExCup, has an opportunity to make 2013 even more memorable over the next five weeks.
Reed would have been making his Liberty National debut this week regardless of that win Sunday at Sedgefield. But after moving from 78th to 22nd in the FedExCup standings, he has a very real chance to make it all the way through to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
And as Bill Haas proved two years ago, any of the 30 players who advance to the FedExCup finale has a chance to win the $10 million bonus.
"It was one of our goals to get to the playoffs and to be here, it means a lot," Reed said. "And to be able to come, haven't seen the golf course yet, I've heard a lot about it, and to be able to come and have a shot getting into East Lake, especially my first year out here, full member, it means a lot. It shows that all our hard work is really paying off."
Reed has momentum, too, with top-10 finishes in his last three starts, and four of his last seven. And even though he won his first PGA TOUR event on Sunday, he sees room for improvement -- particularly in terms of fairways hit and finding more consistency with his putter.
"What we've done is we go into every week as trying to improve," Reed said. "... I'm a firm believer that if I work on what I didn't do well last week and improve on that, we should have a good finish (the next week) as well."