GREENSBORO, N.C. – One year after their breakthrough win, the Reeds were once again walking the fairways together Thursday at Sedgefield Country Club.
Patrick Reed notched his first PGA Tour win at the 2013 Wyndham Championship with his wife Justine on the bag, and shortly thereafter the couple found out that they would become parents for the first time. Justine’s brother, Kessler Karain, has been caddying for Reed in 2014 – guiding Patrick to two more victories – while Justine gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Windsor Wells, in May.
Justine has been traveling with her husband in recent weeks, walking the fairways during his rounds, but this week she put the caddie bib back on for the first time this year. After Reed’s opening round of 1-over 71 at Sedgefield, she admitted that returning inside the ropes took a toll.
“It’s definitely a tough walk out there,” she said. “It’s hot, and coming off having a baby three months ago, it’s tough out there. But it was fun.”
Patrick’s focus after the round was more on his performance than his caddie, after making just two birdies despite finding 15 of 18 greens in regulation.
“It was awesome. I just wish I would have helped her out and made some putts,” he said. “Left every putt short, and when I did get it to the hole, I didn’t make it.”
Justine had hoped to return to the bag to celebrate their win a year ago, and she caddied for her husband in Wednesday’s pro-am. Both she and Patrick agreed that her status for the rest of the week remains day-to-day.
“I wasn’t really clear on if I was going to make it 72 (holes) this week,” she said. “I was talking about it with my sister, and we just said that if I didn’t (caddie this week), I would be kicking myself later. So I just came out here to have a good time.”
Justine said that Karain would return to caddying duties next week at The Barclays, but Patrick indicated that the assignment for the balance of the year – including the Ryder Cup – is still undecided.
“All of that’s up in the air,” he said. “You’ll know as soon as I know.”