Reed's pregnant wife goes from caddie to cheerleader

By Doug FergusonJanuary 4, 2014, 3:46 pm

KAPALUA, Hawaii – For the first time in the last 39 tournaments her husband has played on the PGA Tour, Justine Reed had it easy. Instead of lugging a 45-pound bag over some five miles for more than four hours, she carried only a black handbag and walked along the even concrete of a cart path.

It was sheer torture.

''Being on the outside was a little more difficult than I thought it would be,'' she said Friday after watching – not helping – her husband open the new year with a new caddie and a 3-under 70 at Kapalua.

Patrick Reed, who qualified for this winners-only event with a playoff victory in the Wyndham Championship in August, has always been easy to distinguish on the PGA Tour. He's the player out of Augusta State who had his wife on the bag. He isn't the first player whose wife has caddied for him, but she always stood out. Justine Reed, with her long, blonde hair, barely looks bigger than the bag she is carrying.

But she knows her stuff. Reed loved having her at his side and raved about how well she could read putts. They were a successful tandem, first as he made it through one Monday qualifier after another, then after he made it through Q-school at the end of 2012, and then his win in Greensboro, N.C.

By the end of the year, change was in store.

The Reeds learned they would be parents for the first time. The baby is due on Memorial Day.

''We just found it's a little girl,'' Patrick Reed said. ''I can't wait. I'm so excited. Daddy's little girl running around the golf course.''

His other girl – Justine – will be there, too. He refers to them as ''Team Reed'' and says his wife will be there every step of the way.

''Instead of being inside the ropes, she'll be outside the ropes,'' he said. ''She's thinking of coming back right before the PGA (Championship). She wants to get back at it, and I want her out here.''

Until then, he's keeping it all in the family.

Justine's brother, Kessler Karain, played a fair amount of golf as a junior until he went off to the University of Texas-San Antonio and got a job upon graduation in medical sales. Reed called him late last year and offered him another job as his caddie for the next eight months. He didn't think twice about the chance.

The Reeds trained the 24-year-old Karain for a month – Reed's tendencies, the amount of information he wants, the intricacies of a round.

''We were wondering how the transition would be,'' Patrick Reed said. ''I trained him like I trained Justine. I guess it just runs in the family. He was really good when it came to wind and club selection. She played a little bit in high school, and her brother played a lot in high school. I don't know what it is. That family has it when it comes to giving me advice.''

Reed met his wife when she was at LSU and he traveled to Baton Rouge, La., to meet with his coach. She wanted to caddie and proved she was up to the task. Now that she's about to become a mother, that's not going to change. The Reeds plan to raise their girl on tour.

His mother-in-law plans to travel with them, and Reed said their daughter will be home-schooled.

''With the character of players out here, I don't think it will be an issue at all,'' he said.

In the meantime, his wife stays involved, even though she had to stand on the other side of the ropes. Reed chose to hit 3-wood off the tee on the 305-yard 14th hole that was playing downwind. He found a bunker and went on to make bogey.

Justine threw both arms out as if to say, ''What were you thinking?''

Because that's exactly what she was thinking.

''I just wanted to kill him,'' she said. ''I would have told him to lay up in the fairway. It's a short par 4. He ended up bogeying. That was the only decision-making thing that was off. Other than that, he did great.''

His wife doesn't have the most extensive golf background, but she is well-rounded in sports from the time she was a kid. And in her mind, someone who is sports-minded has good instincts when it comes to competition. She trusts her instincts, and her husband does, too.

''Only one, 'What the hell was that?''' he said to her playfully when he finished the round.

She forced a smile. This is her new life. She is a cheerleader now, not a caddie. The first round off the job was a lot harder than she expected.

''I'm used to carrying a 45-pound bag,'' she said. ''Being on the cart path was hard. It's difficult not being out there, but it was OK. It was fun to watch. But it's different. That's how it is right now. It's the best thing for our baby. We're both happy.''

As for that hand bag?

''This is easy,'' she said. ''It's only five pounds.''

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x