PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – While the challenge of tackling TPC Sawgrass is enough to fully occupy most of the players in this week’s field, Patrick Reed’s thoughts currently extend beyond the gallery ropes.
Reed is one of 15 first-time participants at The Players Championship, and his wife Justine is pregnant with their first child. Though her due date is May 27, the pregnancy reached full-term on Monday and Reed is prepared to leave for the hospital at any time.
“We have a contingency plan in place,” Reed said Wednesday. “It’s one of those things that could happen at any moment. I’m excited, can’t wait. We might get through the whole week, we might not. Who knows?”
Prior to her pregnancy, Justine served as Patrick’s full-time caddie, and she was on the bag for his maiden PGA Tour win at the Wyndham Championship last August. He’s since added two more wins with her walking alongside in the gallery. According to Patrick, she remains active and walked nine holes on the Stadium Course both Tuesday and Wednesday.
“It’s probably to the point where Justine is literally going to walk the baby out of her,” Reed said.
Taking a page from Phil Mickelson’s book at the 1999 U.S. Open, Reed was emphatic that should Justine go into labor, he would leave for the hospital regardless of his position on the leaderboard.
“If I’m on the 15th hole with a six-shot lead, I’m leaving,” Reed said. “Family first. That’s how it is, that’s how it should be and I’m pretty sure if you ask any guy out here, that’s how it would be.”