August 17, 2013 Behind every successful man there is a woman, the saying seems to prove just right for Patrick Reed. As his wife, Justine carries his clubs and advices right moves as his caddie at Wyndham Championship.
The PGA TOUR rookie, Reed shot a 6-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the Wyndham Championship. He had an 11-under 129 total. Players are trying to improve their positions in the final event before the FedEx Cup Playoffs begin next week.
“I don’t mind her having all the attention,” Reed said. “Less attention for me, which means I can just focus more on my game.”
[highlight] It’s basically like my coach being out there with me. She knows just as much about the golf swing. She knows why I hit it left or right or anything like that, so I mean, if ever I get out of whack, she can fix me immediately[/highlight]
Reed had six birdies in a bogey-free round that was a stroke shy of matching his best of the year.
Reed is followed by John Huh, who had the best round of the day — a 62 — to move to 10 under. John Deere winner Jordan Spieth was 9 under after a 66. Spieth also is a PGA TOUR rookie, and Huh is in his second year.
Charlie Wi, Bob Estes, Rory Sabbatini, Brian Harman, Jim Herman and first-round co-leader Ross Fisher were 7 under.
Reed, the 23-year-old former college player at Georgia and Augusta State, had top-10 finishes in his last two tournaments. He could have built an even bigger lead in this one, but missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh.
His wife Justine began caddying for him last summer before a Monday qualifying tournament in Houston. During a humid, 100-degree day in Texas, she had no trouble lugging around a bag full of rain gear, he said.
“I told her to read putts for me that day, and she just has a knack for reading greens extremely well,” Reed said. “It’s basically like my coach being out there with me. She knows just as much about the golf swing. She knows why I hit it left or right or anything like that, so I mean, if ever I get out of whack, she can fix me immediately.”
Most players on the course are trying to either hold on to their FedEx Cup Playoffs position or force their way into The Barclays in New Jersey next week. The top 125 on the points list qualify for the postseason.