BETHESDA, Md. – Patrick Reed. Remember him?
After two rounds at the Quicken Loans National, Reed (68-68) is in a four-way tie for the lead at 6 under par with Marc Leishman, Oliver Goss and Ricky Barnes.
Since Reed won the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March and subsequently made that infamous comment about believing he was a top-five player in the world, he has not played well.
In eight events since that day at Doral, Reed has missed five cuts (including last week at the Travelers Championship) and his best finish is a 35th-place tie at the U.S. Open.
Granted, Reed has had other things on his mind; his wife Justine gave birth to their first child on May 22, daughter Windsor-Wells.
“I’ve really enjoyed it since Doral,” Reed said Friday at Congressional. “After our last win, we’ve been itching for our little girl to come see us, and now she’s finally here. It’s been better for me probably than golf-wise, that’s for sure.”
Reed’s second-round 68 was more dramatic than his first round of the same score. After a birdie on No. 10, his first hole of the day, he promptly made double bogey on 11. He was three shots off the lead late in the day and rattled off three birdies in the last five holes to grab a share of the lead.
“It was another solid day,” Reed said. “I put myself in the right position I needed to going into the weekend. Just one of those rounds I kept on plugging along.”