WINDERMERE, Fla. – Patrick Reed looked an awful lot like Tiger Woods on Friday at the Hero World Challenge – and not just because of that red-and-black wardrobe.
Playing alongside Woods for the first time in his career, Reed beat the former world No. 1 by seven shots, set a new competitive course record on Woods’ old home track at Isleworth and vaulted 14 spots on the leaderboard.
Reed’s 9-under 63, which smashed the previous record of 65, sent him from a tie for 17th to a share of third place, three shots behind Jordan Spieth, who has one hole left to play in his suspended second round.
Reed had only played one practice round with Woods (at this year’s British Open) but felt plenty comfortable around him after frequent chats on the range and putting green.
Since the start of last year, Reed has donned a red shirt and black pants on Fridays and Sundays in a tribute to Woods, whom he looked up to during his junior and amateur days. They just so happened to be paired together on Friday, and Reed authored the kind of performance that Woods made famous with the Sunday red.
Reed went out in 29 and played his first 10 holes in 8 under par. “I was thinking in the 50s after 10, for sure,” he said.
But he put too much spin on his wedge shot on 12, leading to a bogey, before rebound birdies on 13 and 16.
Reed was a last-minute addition to the field, after Jim Furyk withdrew last week because of a bad back. The 24-year-old said he hadn’t picked up a club since the WGC-HSBC Champions and conceded that he’s still “a little rusty.”
He sure didn’t look like it Friday.