Yesterday, Patrick Reed won his fourth PGA Tour title at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by defeating Jimmy Walker in a sudden death playoff.  The win also moved Reed to a career-best OWGR ranking of 14th.

  1. Patrick’s father, Bill, bought his son plastic golf clubs just days after Patrick’s birth as he said he saw how sales reps were paired with executives during corporate outings, and figured Patrick should start working his ability to perform business early on in life.
  2. By the time Patrick was nine years of age, he was all-in on golf, working with Peter Murphy, a coach under Hank Haney, on Haney’s ranch in McKinney, Texas.
  3. Patrick Reed initially attended the University of Georgia, with fellow PGA Tour players Russell Henley and Harris English.  The Georgia coach, Chris Haack, saw Reed as a “wild colt” that needed to be tamed, this after a series of issues — including an arrest for underage drinking and possession of a fake ID.
  4. After his stint at the University of Georgia, Reed transferred to Augusta State University where helped lead Augusta State to back-to-back NCAA Division I Golf Championships in 2010 and 2011.
  5. Following his second NCAA National Championship in 2011, Reed decided to declare himself a professional where he netted only $25,000 in three PGA Tour events and two Nationwide Tour events.  In 2012, Reed earned over $300,000 on the PGA Tour although he did not secure a top-10 finish in any event.
  6. Reed’s first PGA Tour victory came in 2013 at the Wyndham Championship in a playoff victory over fellow young star Jordan Spieth.
  7. Last season during the the Humana Challenge, Reed set the PGA Tour record for most strokes under par through 54 holes. His rounds of 63-63-63, were 27-under-par.  Later in 2014, 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.
  8. Patrick’s wife, Justine Reed, was Patrick’s caddy in 2012 and was on the bag for Patrick’s first PGA Tour victory at the 2013 Wyndham Championship.
  9. For most of 2013 through today, Justine’s younger brother Karain has now taken on the job of carrying Patrick’s bag.  Patrick has been stated that Karain is very calm and keeps the sometimes-excitable Reed on point with his emotions.