11 Things You Didn’t Know About Patrick Reed

11 things you didn't know about the Masters champion

Things You Didn’t Know About Patrick Reed
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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Patrick Reed

Born in August 1990 in San Antonio, Texas, Patrick Reed won his maiden major at the 2018 Masters and is one of golf's more interesting characters. Below we look at 11 things you didn't know about the swashbuckling American...

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Patrick Reed

1. He is known affectionately as Captain America due in part to his performances during the Ryder Cup. Since he famously beat Rory McIlory 1up at Hazeltine in 2016, Reed has been spotted wearing his Ryder Cup team kit on the PGA Tour and carrying his Ryder Cup umbrella at the 2018 Masters.

2. While at high school, Reed won the 2006 Junior Open Championship and also qualified for the 2007 US Amateur. He led his team to state championships in 2006 and 2007, and also won the state medalist honours in 2007. He earned All-America honours in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

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3. According to a college interview, Reed prefers to spend his free time fishing, going to movies, golfing and hanging out with friends. His favourite food is chicken and he considers Tiger Woods his favourite athlete. His favourite film is martial arts classic Never Back Down and Tin Cup, while ESPN’s Sports Center is his favorite TV show. He also singled out the Dominican Republic as his favourite holiday spot, while his dream foursome includes Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Tom Watson.

4. Reed majored in business at Augusta State University. 

5. At the 2014 Humana Challenge, Patrick Reed set the PGA Tour record for the most strokes under par after 54 holes. His rounds of 63, 63 and 63 were 27-under-par. The previous record was 25-under-par, set by Gay Brewer at the 1967 Pensacola Open and tied by Ernie Els at the 2003 Mercedes Championships, Pat Perez at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic and Steve Stricker at the 2010 John Deere Classic. 

6. Reed has nine PGA Tour wins. Since 2013 he has had at least one victory each calendar year, excluding 2017. 

7. Patrick Reed's wife Justine served as her husband’s caddie for his first two years on Tour, reluctantly giving up the bag only after she became pregnant. Her younger brother, Kessler Karain, is now on the bag, but she still plots strategy with Patrick hole-by-hole, debriefs him about errant shots and rarely misses a practice session.

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8. After a practice round in Florida, Justine was taking a bath in their hotel room while Patrick was on the bed watching TV. However, after hearing a lot of splashing, he went to check on her to find his wife submerged and shaking. After frantically performing the Heimlich manoeuvre she coughed up water and finally started breathing again. Her doctors said if he was 15 seconds later to discovering the seizure that had caused the incident, she would've died.

9. After his parents attempted to attend the 2014 US Open they were escorted from the course. In a statement released in April 2019, John Bodenhamer, Senior Managing Director of Championships, United States Golf Association explained that, USGA officials took action and removed Bill and Jeannette Reed from the course based specifically on the observations of local law enforcement officers, who reported that Bill Reed had made what they described as intimidating movements towards Justine Reed.

10. According to his PGA Tour bio, Reed grew up a fan of Notre Dame football. His favorite teams now are the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers, both NFL teams.

11. He and Justine have two children together, called Windsor Wells and Barrett Benjamin. 

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