Baby and BBQ: Reed sets priorities with return at Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Windsor Wells Reed was born on May 22. That was a Thursday, a mild upset in the baby pool among those who figured any offspring of golfer Patrick and his wife would enter this world on a Monday.
After all, even a very pregnant Justine Reed sidled up to a reporter on the 15th fairway at Augusta National in April and said, “Guess what? The due date's a Monday.”
The Reeds once were king and queen of the Monday qualifiers. For good measure, he proposed on a Monday, too.
With two PGA Tour victories this season, Reed, 23, already was in the midst of a breakout year that just got better. Justine walked all 36 holes at The Players Championship four weeks ago before Patrick missed the cut, and they decided to skip the Texas events in case their baby girl might be born early. For Reed, the impending birth of his daughter shifted his focus from top 5 in the world to being No. 1 dad in the world.
“It put everything into perspective,” he said. “(The birth) was the most exciting 24 hours of our lives.”
For advice on how to adjust to parenthood, he consulted 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, the father of three young children.
“The first three days, we were getting zero sleep. We were zombies,” Patrick said. “Webb told us we need to break it up into shifts. My mother-in-law also has been such a help.”
Reed said he expected to return to the Tour for the U.S. Open. However, his affection for the FedEx St. Jude Classic (he loves Memphis barbecue) and allegiance to the tournament that gave him a sponsor exemption for his professional debut in 2011 prompted him to accelerate his return by one week.
“This tournament stuck with us and gave us an exemption in 2013, too,” he said. “I’m always coming back here.”
That meant packing up the family. Baby Windsor took her first flight and slept the whole way on her father’s chest, Reed said.
Now, Reed is ready to get back to work and prep for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, a course of which he grew fond during his amateur days. Reed, who played for two-time NCAA champion Augusta State, lost in the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Amateur there to eventual winner Danny Lee. Is Reed concerned about juggling his career and his new daddy duties?
“All I have to do is come out here and swing a golf club for a living,” he said. “And when I get back, it’s daddy daycare time.”