Most guys head to the golf course with the expectation of spending four or five hours away from their wives or significant others – not the 36-hole leader at the Wyndham Championship. That’s right, Patrick Reed has had his wife, Justine, on the bag for over a year and a half now and he just so happens to be in the lead heading into the weekend at Sedgefield Country Club.
Reed fired a six under par 64 in the second round to move to 11 under for the tournament. That gives him a one stroke lead over John Huh and a two shot cushion over Jordan Spieth. The first round co-leaders, Ross Fisher and Chris Stroud didn’t fare quite as well on the second day. Fisher carded a one under par 69 while Stroud finished his round with a two over par 72. Both men are still within striking distance, but Fisher is clearly in a better spot right now than Stroud.
I can see both sides of the coin with respect to Fisher making the decision to put his wife on the bag. On the one hand, nobody should know him better. Therefore, his wife should be able to read what he wants to do and advise him accordingly. At the same time, she could carry a lot of weight as her husband is likely more apt to take the advice of his wife than another caddie.
The potentially negative ramifications that come from having your wife as your caddie are also quite evident. If there is any tension at all in the house – for whatever reason – the Reeds don’t have a chance to get away from one another to cool off. Patrick doesn’t have the luxury of focusing on work to get his mind off of distractions within his home.
“He respects my opinion,” Justine said. “To be honest it’s really not that delicate. When it comes down to a shot, I’ll give him my opinion and if he likes it he’ll go with it. If he thinks otherwise, we’ll talk about it and sometimes I don’t worry about right or wrong. I just go with our best foot forward.”
Clearly, this situation has been working pretty well considering Reed is leading this event and came into the week ranked 78th in the FedEx Cup Standings as a rookie.