In this article we reveal 10 things you didn’t know about 2018 Masters Champion Patrick Reed

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Patrick Reed

Born in August 1990 in San Antonio, Texas, Patrick Reed won his maiden major at the 2018 Masters and is one of golf’s more interesting characters.

Below we look at 10 things you didn’t know about the swashbuckling American…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Patrick Reed

1) His Nickname

The 27-year-old is known affectionately as Captain America due in part to his performances during the Ryder Cup. Since he famously beat Rory McIlory 1up at Hazeltine in 2016, Reed has been spotted wearing his Ryder Cup team kit on the PGA Tour and carrying his Ryder Cup umbrella at the 2018 Masters, only fanning the flames that he is the American’s version of Seve Ballesteros or Ian Poulter.

2) He’s Won The Open

While at high school, Reed won the 2006 Junior Open Championship and also qualified for the 2007 US Amateur. He led his team to state championships in 2006 and 2007, and also won the state medalist honours in 2007. He earned All-America honours in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

3) His Favourite Things

According to a college interview, Reed prefers to spend his free time fishing, going to movies, golfing and hanging out with friends. His favourite food is chicken and he considers Tiger Woods his favourite athlete. His favourite film is martial arts classic Never Back Down and Tin Cup, while ESPN’s Sports Center is his favorite TV show. He also singled out the Dominican Republic as his favourite holiday spot, while his dream foursome includes Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Tom Watson.

4) He Was Moved Colleges

Reed started his college golf career in 2008 at the University of Georgia, but had issues that resulted in him leaving, leading to him enrolling at Augusta State University, where he majored in business. *

5) When He’s Hot, He’s Hot!

At the 2014 Humana Challenge, Patrick Reed set the PGA Tour record for the most strokes under par after 54 holes. His rounds of 63, 63 and 63 were 27-under-par. The previous record was 25-under-par, set by Gay Brewer at the 1967 Pensacola Open and tied by Ernie Els at the 2003 Mercedes Championships, Pat Perez at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic and Steve Stricker at the 2010 John Deere Classic. All four other players won those tournaments, as did Reed. It was also the first time in PGA Tour history that a player opened a tournament with three rounds of 63 or better.

Patrick Reed defends Humana Challenge

6) He’s In Good Company

In 2014 Patrick Reed became only the fifth golfer to earn three PGA Tour wins before his 24th birthday since 1990, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio García, with Jordan Spieth subsequently becoming a sixth member. A year later he became just the fourth player in the last two decades to win four times on the PGA Tour before his 25th birthday, the other three were Woods, McIlroy, and Garcia.

7) His Wife Was His Caddie

Patrick Reed’s wife Justine served as her husband’s caddie for his first two years on Tour, reluctantly giving up the bag only after she became pregnant. Her younger brother, Kessler Karain, is now on the bag, but she still plots strategy with Patrick hole-by-hole, debriefs him about errant shots and rarely misses a practice session.

8) He Had To Save Her Life

After a practice round in Florida, Justine was taking a bath in their hotel room while Patrick was on the bed watching TV. However, after hearing a lot of splashing, he went to check on her to find his wife submerged and shaking. After frantically performing the Heimlich manoeuvre she coughed up water and finally started breathing again. Her doctors said if he was 15 seconds later to discovering the seizure that had caused the incident, she would’ve died.

9) He Parents Were Ejected From The 2014 US Open

After his parents attempted to attend the 2014 US Open they were escorted from the course. In a statement released in April 2019, John Bodenhamer, Senior Managing Director of Championships, United States Golf Association explained that, USGA officials took action and removed Bill and Jeannette Reed from the course based specifically on the observations of local law enforcement officers, who reported that Bill Reed had made what they described as intimidating movements towards Justine Reed.

10) He Has A Potty Mouth

In 2014 Patrick Reed had to apologise at the HSBC Champions in China, when a outburst at himself was captured on live television during the opening round of a World Golf Championship. After missing a five-footer and racking up a three-putt, greenside microphones caught him using the F-word twice before a gay slur left him with a lot to explain.

*In a previous version of this article we incorrectly stated that Patrick Reed was expelled from college. In July 2019 we received signed statements from Chris Haack, coach at the University of Georgia while Reed was there, and Josh Gregory, a coach at Augusta State University while Reed was there, clarifying the situation.