After Patrick Reed lifted the trophy at Doral’s ‘Blue Monster’, the 23-year-old American confidently proclaimed himself to be among golf's elite.
“My swing coach, my agents, my wife, and my whole team behind my scenes; they know how good I am. They believe I’m a top‑five player in the world – and I believe it as well.”
Whatever you made of the comments there was an argument to be made at the time that Reed was indeed one of the top-five players form players. Maybe the adrenaline of winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship had much to do with his rash announcement as one of the game’s top-five players overall.
Patrick Reed's poor form
Whatever the case me be, there is no doubt that Reed has struggled ever since his much talked about statement. He's missed the cut in three of his last five starts, and in the other two events where he did manage the weekend he has toiled - finishing 48th and 52nd in both.
Patrick Reed :: the daddy
Reed admits he hasn’t got going since his WGC triumph, but insists his wife’s pregnancy was occupying his thoughts more than his golf.
“I was there, but I wasn’t 100 percent there. Justine and the baby were the focus,” Reed told PGATour.com
Since then, his daughter Windsor-Wells has been born, and he couldn’t be happier.
"To lay there and hang out with your baby girl, it’s a great feeling." - Patrick Reed.
“It’s one of those things that definitely puts things in perspective. To be able to come out early in the morning, practice, play, go back and just be able to lay there and hang out with your baby girl, it’s a great feeling. It doesn’t matter what kind of day you had,” he continued.
Patrick Reed US Open
Now competing at Pinehurst, Reed has the perfect stage to announce his return to form, and with a one-over-par first round he’s nicely positioned to make his mark.
Teeing off at 5:03 GMT with fellow Americans Ryan Moore and Kevin Na, if Patrick Reed can get himself into contention on the final day it may prove the catalyst that kick-starts his season.