'Team Reed' takes a break with baby on the way
KAPALUA, Hawaii – Patrick Reed was one of the most recognizable players on the PGA Tour in late 2013.
And it wasn’t because he had won a lot. He won for only the first time in August, at the Wyndham Championship.
And it wasn’t because he is overly tall or hits the ball a long way.
The reason was his wife and caddie, Justine – a petite blonde who has been on his bag every week (44 of them) that he has played on the PGA Tour – was easy to spot on the golf course.
"Team Reed" is what Patrick called their partnership. But that pairing has changed somewhat with Justine expecting the couple's first child, a baby girl, in May.
The decision was made before the season that instead of being inside the ropes, Justine would support Team Reed from outside the ropes, allowing her 24-year-old brother, Kessler Karain, to take over as caddie.
“She's thinking about coming back right before the PGA Championship,” Reed said of his wife’s anticipated return as caddie. “She wants to come back. She wants to get back at it, and I want her back on the bag. I'm looking forward to it.”
After watching her husband shoot 3-under 70 in Thursday’s first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course, Justine found little wrong with Reed's game or her brother’s performance.
“On 14, he hit a 3‑wood off the tee, and (I) just wanted to kill him,” Justine said in questioning a club selection. “I would have just told him to lay it up in the fairway, a short par‑4. He ended up bogeying that hole."
Reed agreed that he made a mistake on the 14th tee after he was left with an awkward stance in a fairway bunker.
Entering today's second round of the 30-man, winners-only event, Reed stands tied for 11th, four strokes behind Michael Thompson, Chris Kirk, Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson.
“I think it's a lot tougher being a spectator because you have no control over what's going on, and it's a tough walk on the cart path,” Justine said jokingly. “I have a new-found respect for all the spectators out there, because it's tough. A lot of times we take the shortcuts through the fairways, and it's a lot longer walk around the cart path.”
The plan for the expanded Team Reed when Justine returns to the bag will be for her mother to travel with them and care for the baby and eventually homeschool their daughter.
For now, the Reeds will play as much golf as they can early and then take time off in the middle of the season for the birth.
“I'm so excited; Daddy's little girl running around the golf course," Reed said. Now we don't have to worry about her running around the golf course. I'll have my little one running around, as well.”