amateurgolf.com Player Profile: Patrick Reed
09 Sep 2008
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Many golfers can remember a season where everything seemed to come together, putts rolling right, drives that can't seem to miss the fairway, big tournament victories. For Georgia's Patrick Reed, that may be a bit more difficult. See, until 2008 (or maybe 2007) his best season may have come when he was only 10-years-old.

Reed, an 18-year-old incoming freshman at the University of Georgia, accomplished in 2000 a feat that few golfers of any rank can claim, a double- eagle at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio.

He also won the National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship that year, making it quite a year to remember, along with the trials and tribulations of fourth grade.

There would be plenty more success for Reed, who grew up in Baton Rouge and moved to Augusta after finishing high school.

He was a three-time AJGA Rolex All-American as a junior golfer, and twice led his University High squad to the state championship. In 2007 he was named the Louisiana High School Player of the Year.

But Reed entered the national scene in 2007 when he was the runner-up in three major events, the Cardinal Amateur, Terra Cotta Invitational and St. Augustine Amateur, eventually finishing 38th in the amateurgolf.com - Bridgestone Golf Player Rankings.

He broke out even further in 2008 by making the semi-finals of the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst, before falling to eventual champ Danny Lee of New Zealand.

Reed twice went to extra holes in his run to the semis (including a 23 hole marathon with Brandon Detweiler we captured on film here ).

In an interesting twist, Reed got an assist from Nevada golf legend Brady Exber in his semifinal match, two days after eliminating the 52-year-old from match play. Reed's father had been on his bag all week, but had to call it a tournament after his fifth day of caddying due to blisters. Exber hopped in and took over for the final three holes.

"I love having my dad on the bag (...) if it wasn't for the blisters he would have been there all the way through 16," said Reed. "I didn't want him to force it, so luckily Brady, great guy, great gentleman, actually offered to help us out.

"He offered to come caddy for me for the last couple holes and he was itching to get on that bag."

With Reed attending the University of Georgia next year (joining with fellow U.S. Am semifinalist and Porter Cup winner Adam Mitchell) he will suit up with a Bulldogs squad that finished 8th in the country last year and returns four All-Americans, we'd say the best is yet to come for Reed.

By Peter Conroy amateurgolf.com

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