Monday August 19, 2013
Greensboro, NC--When Patrick Reed teed it up for Augusta State, he was one of the best to do so. Reed was a huge reason the program won back to back Division One national titles. In match play, Reed never lost, going six and oh in two years.
So when it basically became match play yesterday at the Wyndham Championship, why would we think the result would be any different? The PGA Tour rookie, outdualing a 20 year old that many are calling a phenom. With wife Justine on the bag, as she has been since he turned pro, Reed calmly sank a birdie putt on the second playoff hole giving him his first win on tour. Emotional win, for sure!
"Everything, for my wife, I mean, it' means everything" said an emotional Patrick Reed "She works just as hard as I have. She's out there every day with me from sun up to sun down and to do it for her means a lot. We're so hard competitors and we wanted it so bad and to have her here with me, working as hard as I am, knowing my clubs, knowing my putts, doing exactly everything we need to do to improve and just get better"
Reed's parents still live in Augusta while he's moved to Texas. The win means a lot. First, a two year exemption on tour. Second, the trip the Masters, something that he's dreamed about. Third, he jumps up to 22nd in FedEx Cup points, all but assuring himself a spot in the Tour Championship. No wonder emotion was at an all time high. And it's probably safe to say somewhere, his former college coach Josh Gregory shed a tear or two as well.