It’s safe to say former University High golfer Patrick Reed is enjoying life as a full-time member on the PGA Tour.
After a 2012 season in which he had to play in numerous last-minute Monday tournament qualifiers, Reed and his new bride, Justine — who doubles as his caddie — are having a blast traveling on the tour.
The Reeds currently are on the PGA Tour’s early-season West Coast swing, which this coming week takes them to San Diego and famed Torrey Pines, the site of Tiger Woods’ most recent major championship win at the 2008 U.S. Open.
Their travel plans have changed drastically since last season.
“It’s a lot easier,” Patrick said from the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. “We can just book flights and go that way rather than having to do a last-minute flight or last-minute car ride for a Monday qualifier.”
Last year, the Reeds traveled on short notice — in some cases driving all night — for Patrick to qualify for six of eight PGA Tour events in Monday events. They were married in December in Houston, where they’ve lived for a year.
“The wedding was beautiful,” Justine said. “We had a great time.”
A number of their friends from the Web.com Tour came out in support, including Danny Lee, one of their closest friends in golf.
They honeymooned on a cruise through Mexico, Grand Cayman and Jamaica.
Now, as the Reeds turn their attention to on-course endeavors, they are looking to find a balanced approach to the game.
“I’m always an aggressive player,” Patrick said. “Sometimes I don’t know when to back down, but that’s what she’s for. She’s probably saving me shots left and right because of that.”
Patrick admits that it’s hard for him to see the bigger picture because of his demanding attitude toward his performance.
“I know it’s hard because I’m stubborn as well,” he said. “But when it comes down to it, I feel like we’re a great team.”
Justine is a registered nurse but is providing a different sort of support for her husband now that he’s a rookie on the world’s top tour.
“(Nursing is) on hold, I guess,” she said with a laugh. “Right now, (caddie) is my full-time job.”
The Reeds began the season two weeks ago in Hawaii at the Sony Open, where Patrick missed the cut by four shots. At the Humana Challenge this past weekend, he missed the cut by the same margin after rounds of 74-68-68.
Putting the early struggles aside, Justine chooses to look at the bigger picture.
“You go through rough patches, (and) you have to bounce back,” she said. “Great players do.”
The Reeds played a few pro-am rounds at the Humana Challenge with former NFL safety Ronde Barber and entertainer Carson Daly.
“It was a blast,” Patrick said. “(Daly) kept us all loose. He’s a great guy.”
Patrick also is a big fan of NFL and college football. He grew up watching the San Francisco 49ers and Notre Dame because that’s what his dad watched, but the Baltimore Ravens are grabbing his attention this year — especially linebacker Ray Lewis.
“He’s a true leader with how he reacts with the players on and off the field,” he said. “And that’s something that a lot of people need to look up to — especially athletes — and try to become a guy like him.”