Patrick Reed Wins The Wyndham Championship Playoff Style Over Jordan Spieth #TalentRichOverMoreTalentRich

When you’re more well known on Tour for your caddie than for your own game, it’s usually not a good thing.  Just ask Adam Scott (Steve Williams) or Brian Gay (with the outspoken Kip Henley as his looper).  In the case of Patrick Reed, his caddie was previously more well known than his own game for different reasons.

Reed’s wife Justine has been on the bag for Patrick during his first full season on the PGA Tour this year, and in addition to her being easy on the eyes, she’s drawing more attention because she could probably climb into the outside pocket of her husband’s staff bag and hide from a rainstorm if she wanted to (aka- she’s mighty tiny).  On Sunday, it was Reed’s game that drew the bulk of the attention.

After a solid final round 66 that tied him at 14-under with fellow Tour rookie Jordan Spieth (#TalentRich), Reed missed a 7-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole that would’ve given him his first PGA Tour victory.  Considering Spieth had just drained a 35-footer for par right before Reed’s birdie putt, it would’ve been a totally understandable letdown and flat spot to see Reed lose steam and see Spieth prevail on the next hole.

Following a blocked drive right of the fairway under some pine needles, Reed hit the shot of his life to 7-feet, immediately stealing all of the momentum back on his side after giving it away on the previous hole (see video below).  After Spieth missed his 10-footer for birdie, Reed drained his putt and PGA Tour victory number one was his.  A kiss for his wife/caddie and a priceless pick-up-and-twirl hug ensued.  Certainly one of the best moments all season on the PGA Tour (glad Tom Rinaldi wasn’t there to leave Reed hanging like he did Spieth at the British Open this year).

Reed’s victory banks the 23-year-old $954,000, rockets him up to No. 22 in the FedEx Cup Standings, locks up his PGA Tour card for two years and oh yeah, earns him an invite to the Masters next year (even better since Reed attended college at Augusta St University).  Not too shabby for a week’s work, and made all the more special with his wife side-by-side co-piloting the action every step of the way.

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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