August 12, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Patrick and Justine Reed hold the trophy after winning the 2013 Wyndham Championship. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The last 360 days have been pretty darn good for Patrick Reed.
He won the Wyndham Championship in a playoff over Jordan Spieth to close out the 2013 PGA TOUR regular season with a bang. Reed has added two more victories this year, too -- winning the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
Oh, and did we mention he qualified for his first U.S. Ryder Cup team on Sunday?
The biggest on-course highlight in the last year, though, came on a rainy Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club where Reed defends his title this week.
"There is nothing like your first win, especially with your wife on the bag," Reed said.
Reed and his bride, Justine, went through a roller-coaster of emotions in the playoff last year, too.
A volunteer signaled that his drive on the second hole of sudden death had gone out of bounds. Several minutes later, though, Reed had a new lease on life when the ball was found under a tree, leaning against a wire and resting on top of some dirt.
All Reed had to do was hit his 7-iron under that tree and safely ast two others. Not only did he succeed, the ball landed about 6 feet from the pin -- and Reed made the putt to beat Spieth.
"This win will definitely be in my mind forever, that's for sure," Reed said.
Justine's brother has been caddying for Reed in 2014. The couple's first child, Windsor Wells, was born in May, though, and her mother is contemplating getting back on the job.
"You'll see her tomorrow," Reed said. "... She's going to caddie for the pro-am and just kind of see. The only way that we feel we're going to be able to see if she's ready and if she feels like she's ready is to get back out here and see.
"So we're going to test it tomorrow during the Wednesday pro-am, and if we feel it's the right move and she feels comfortable, then we're going to go with it. If not, it will probably be at the beginning of next season."
Reed says the two make a great team. One of the keys to their success has been the ability to leave any personal concerns at home and keep it all business inside the ropes.
"She's a huge competitor," Reed said. "She doesn't want to talk about anything else besides winning and playing well.
"I feel like it's been harder for her being outside the ropes than it is for her being inside. Inside the ropes we have game plans, we're able to talk through things, and outside the ropes she's just seeing the result. ...
"She pushes me extremely hard, and I push her as well. With that, I feel like that's the reason why we've been successful, and that's why we've had such a great career so far."
Patrick Reed on returning to the site of his first victory before Wyndham