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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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

Zach Johnson: 13/2

Rory McIlroy: 7/1

Jordan Spieth: 8/1

Rickie Fowler: 9/1

Kevin Kisner: 12/1

Xander Schauffele: 16/1

Tony Finau: 16/1

Matt Kuchar: 18/1

Pat Perez: 25/1

Brooks Koepka: 25/1

Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

Alex Noren: 50/1

Tiger Woods: 50/1

Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

Danny Willett: 60/1

Francesco Molinari: 60/1