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Who Is Patrick Reed?
By mustang6560 on 5/4/12
There are two things you need to know about Patrick Reed: 1) he is trying to earn his PGA Tour card the old fashion way - through Monday qualifiers, and 2) he finished the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship one stroke behind Ryan Moore, Stewart Cink and local hero Webb Simpson.
Reed was a first-team All-American last year at two-time national champion Augusta State but is without status on any major tour. After finishing 35th at the Texas Open, he made the nine-hour drive with his fiancee, Justine Karain, to New Orleans. They arrived at 2:45 a.m., sleeping four hours before the Zurich Classic's Monday qualifier. An 8-iron to 2 feet on the second playoff hole earned him a second consecutive start. He birdied five of his final eight holes at TPC Louisiana to tie for 24th.

The pair took a circuitous route to this week’s Tour stop in Charlotte. Their first flight went from New Orleans to Chicago’s Midway International Airport. The next one landed in Greenville, S.C., some 90 minutes from Charlotte. They arrived at the hotel around 1:15 a.m. Monday, with another Monday qualifying round awaiting. He shot 65 to advance to the Wells Fargo Championship.
It's not very often you hear about a player like Patrick, which explains why he was the topic of choice out of Quail Hollow yesterday. And the fact that his caddie also doubles as his fiancee.

Despite his hectic schedule en route to the Wells Fargo Championship, Reed fired a 6-under par 66 in the opening round, which left him one stroke back. There is still a lot of golf left to be played this season, but Patrick can punch his tour card on the Nationwide Tour if he finishes inside the top 200 on this year's money list (~$170k) or on the PGA Tour if he finishes inside the top 125 on this year's money list (~$700k).

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[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
Wow so did he make a monday qualifier for the Texas Open too? Pretty amazing.
dtak84 says:
No. I'm not sure how he got into the VTO, but he didn't go through the qualifier.
srogers13 says:
He was in San Antonio on the Monday planning to play the qualifier, then got word that they were giving him a sponsor's exemption.
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