by Jeff Skinner
Patrick Reed’s final hole of the Wyndham Championship is a microcosm of his brief time on the PGA Tour. He won his first PGA Tour event with a shot that came out of nowhere, just like he has, well sort of.
After Reed and Jordan Spieth tied on the first playoff hole Reed’s tee ball on the second hole landed a few feet from being out of bounds. With a difficult lie and a horrible stance he pulled what he called “…the best shot of my life.” His seven iron landed seven feet from the cup.
Spieth said it was “one of the best shots I’ve ever witnessed.” And when Spieth’s birdie putt rolled by Reed was left with a putt that changed his life. His birdie putt made him another rookie winner on tour and a free pass onto the tour for the next two years.
It may be easy to think that Reed came from nowhere but really he kind of came from everywhere. He was the player who became a darling of golf fans last season when he Monday qualified for six tournaments. With his petite fiancée on his bag he earned $300,000 last season and was one of the more interesting stories on tour.
He earned his 2013 tour card with a T22 at Q-School and has had a fair season on tour until today. Today makes it a good season…a really good season.
His caddie is now his wife, and she’ll be on the bag next year at Augusta National when Reed tees it up at The Masters. It will be a homecoming of sorts for the 23 year old Reed who attended Augusta State and was there for two national championships.
It will certainly be a special week for Reed, just like this one was.