pebble beach, Calif. — Former University High golfer Patrick Reed earned his first top-10 showing during his rookie PGA Tour season on a sun-soaked Sunday afternoon at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Closing with a 2-under 70, he tied for seventh place with Fredrik Jacobson at 12-under. Brandt Snedeker won the event with an impressive closing round of 7-under 65 to finish at 19-under, two strokes ahead of Chris Kirk.
The week was unique in many ways for Reed. In addition to it being his strongest showing of the young season, the event was the first time for Reed and wife Justine, who doubles as his caddie, to experience the magnificence of Pebble Beach.
For as long as he can remember, Reed said he wanted to play Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Augusta National. As a member of Augusta State’s college team, he played Augusta three times. By playing the pro-am at Pebble Beach, with Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club rounding out the event’s three-course rotation, Reed fulfilled the rest of that wish list.
“It’s been great,” he said. “I can’t ask for anything better.”
Still, Reed knew these courses well. He knew where the doglegs were, the size of the greens and the distances of most holes — thanks to the Tiger Woods video game series.
“I could tell you every hole back and forth before I even played the course,” he said. “On my iPad, I’ve played literally 100 times in the last week and a half, two weeks.”
It wasn’t all great, though. On Tuesday, Reed played nine holes in his first look at Spyglass Hill, conventionally the hardest of the three courses, before rushing to the hospital to take care of Justine, who was suffering from food poisoning.
“She’s the true hero this week,” Reed said, “to be able to make it through and to stay positive through everything.”
That positivity came through again during a pivotal moment in the third round Saturday at Monterey Peninsula. Reed hit his approach shot to 10 feet but four-putted for a double bogey, dropping him to even.
But he was not deterred.
“The good thing is, two years ago if I would have had a meltdown like that, I wouldn’t have come back from it within three or four holes,” Reed said. “But with just how positive she is, I’m able to pull myself through just on the next tee box. I got on the next tee, and I ripped it right down the middle.”
Justine Reed said she took much away from her week at Pebble Beach.
“Honestly, I think we’ve put in all the hard work, and now it’s starting to show,” she said. “We’ve done a little bit more than Monday qualify (like last year), so it feels good.”
This was Reed’s first tournament when he was in the hunt for the title. He felt his putter may have held him back from posting a lower final-round score.
“The putter just was not hot this week,” he said. “I hit a lot of quality iron shots that just seemed to hit the wrong sides of the ridges, but that’s just Sunday at a PGA Tour event.”