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Patrick Reed’s little-known, big-time support of junior golf



Not surprisingly (or perhaps surprisingly), the scribes have dredged up plenty about Patrick Reed’s past and family situation following his Masters win.

Thanks to feedback from the GolfWRX community, we know this isn’t something our audience really cares about. That said, in the interest of painting a fuller portrait of the complicated Mr. Reed, we’re presenting this morsel.

Jim Nugent of Global Golf Post spoke with AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin about Reed, who it turns out, is a big supporter of junior golf in general and the AJGA in particular.

“The Patrick Reed I know is supremely confident in his abilities, is unafraid of the biggest stage, is a devoted husband to his wife, Justine, is a loving and proud father of two children, and is a generous supporter of junior golf,” Nugent said.

Reed grew up playing AJGA events, and he has been keen to give back to the golf association since turning pro. The reigning Masters champ has sponsored an AJGA event since 2014. Additionally, he funds a $100,000 ACE Grant Endowment, which provides assistance to junior golfers in the Houston area.

Reed, who proudly displays AJGA bag tags bearing his children’s names on his staff bag, personally funds the entire AJGA bag tag program, according to Hamblin.

More than mere ornaments, the tags on players bags are color-coded based on a player’s high school graduation year, which lets college coaches know who they can talk to based on NCAA recruiting rules. In other words, they’re essential to the AJGA’s reason for being: getting members college golf scholarships and playing opportunities.

Reed earned seven top-10 finishes during his tenure of AJGA competition. He won the 2005 True Temper/David Gossett Junior Championship and was a member of the East Team at the 2006 Wyndham Cup. He also won the 2006 Junior Open Championship.



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  1. Russell

    Apr 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

    In 2017, the Quail Hollow PGA event was moved to Wilmington, NC; I went down to watch the pros on the range during a practice round. The pros were about 20 yards from the spectator fencing hitting balls. I was there for about 2-3 hours. During that time Patrick Reed was the only pro who after practicing walked back to the fence and walked the entire length of the fence signing autographs. Not one other pro did this. Patrick was friendly and the kids loved it. Not knowing his past, it really made an impression on me and I know he picked up some new fans that day.

  2. Jose Pro Se

    Apr 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I see no reason to speculate about his family business.

    Everything we know about him as a professional athlete is outstanding on and off course.

    Any questionable behavior seems to be well behind him. I’m rooting for him.

  3. Smail

    Apr 16, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    He da man

  4. Do the right thing

    Apr 16, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    AJGA is not a cheap series. I wonder how Patrick funded his junior career and golf development in general. Parents, perhaps?

    He might be in the spotlight now but family is forever.

    • carl

      Apr 17, 2018 at 8:20 am

      his parents didnt fund him. he just stole from his friends and teammates.

    • Better Than Most Golf

      Apr 18, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Are you close to Patrick or his family? If not, it doesn’t matter what you think because Patrick’s issues with his family are HIS issues. He may have a perfectly legitimate reason for not speaking to his family. By all accounts his father was especially hard on him. Even his college teammates who didn’t like him spoke to that.

      So why don’t you cut him some slack. You’re right in that family is forever but sometimes your family is the one you choose, not the one you were born with.

    • jkarain

      Apr 21, 2018 at 12:03 am

      I had 4 kids in traveling sports at the same time, try that one! I never have felt my children owe me a thing. Furthermore, isn’t that the job of a good parent! Everyone knows you can’t choose your family. But you can certainly choose who to share it with.

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Good? Bad? Hilarious? GolfWRX members discuss hypothetical two-man teams



In its second year, the Zurich Classic’s team format is a new and curious beast amidst the medal play that dominates the PGA Tour. The two-man team format got GolfWRX member AceCatKY thinking.

He writes

“What would be some of the best/worst/funniest pairings of two PGA golfers for a two-man event? Current and past golfers can be paired together so you could have Old Tom Morris and Patrick Reed if you wanted…I think DJ/DeChambeau would be hilarious for the dichotomy it would present…What do you guys/gals think?”

Oh boy, what a superb hypothetical; imagine the possibilities: good, bad, and ugly! Naturally, GolfWRXers were quick to weigh in.

Bye writes

Sergio and Tiger would be interesting.

Seve and Phil could have been the most entertaining pairing in history.

jonsnow says

Bubba Watson & Steve Elkington

Patrick Reed & Rory McIlroy

Danny Willett & Smylie Kaufman

Cardoustie says

Lumpy and Jesper

Tom Watson and Gary Player

Seve and Azinger

Robert Rock and Ollie Schneiderjans

Frankensteins Monster says

Ian Poulter/Patrick Reed

Todd Hamilton/Danny Willett

Tony Finau/Colt Knost

Robert Rock/Ben Crane

Michelle Wie/Tad Fujikawa

Check out the rest of the replies in the thread, or let us know your hypothetical two-person squads below. 



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From Master P to Metallica: Check out team walk-up songs for the Zurich Classic



It’s the list you’ve been dying for since you heard the Zurich Classic of New Orleans would feature golfer walk-up music.

OK, you’re at least mildly interested in what, say, Jon Curran and Keegan Bradley will be walking out to (the answer: “Shipping Up To Boston,” by the Dropkick Murphys, appropriate for a pair of sons of New England).

Here’s the official list, per the PGA Tour (not every team is included). As you can see, it’s a mix of classics, local references, hip-hop, and a surprising dose of metal.

Team                                         Song                                      Artist                                       
William McGirt/Sam Burns Callin’ Baton Rouge Garth Brooks
Kevin Na/Byeong Hun An Make ’em say Uhh Master P
Chris Kirk/J.T. Poston Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
Chez Reavie/Lucas Glover For Whom the Bell Tolls Metallica
Martin Piller/Joel Dahmen Lovumba Daddy Yankee
K.J. Choi/Charlie Wi Gangnam Style PSY
Ryan Armour/Johnson Wagner Enter Sandman Metallica
C.T. Pan/Zac Blair Half Time Ying Yang Twins
Tyrone Van Aswegen/Retief Goosen Africa Toto
Tom Hoge/J.J. Henry Right Now Van Halen
Shawn Stefani/John Rollins Thunderstruck AC/DC
Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp & Roger
Keith Mitchell/Stephan Jaeger Pizza Guy Touch Sensitive
Ben Silverman/Matt Atkins Enter Sandman Metallica
Zach Johnson/Jonathan Byrd Thunderstruck AC/DC
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Greg Chalmers/Cameron Percy Down Under Men at Work
Keegan Bradley/Jon Curran Shipping up to Boston Dropkick Murphys
Brendan Steele/Jamie Lovemark California Love Tupac
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney California Love Tupac
Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy Young Forever Jay Z ft. Mrs. Hudson
Cody Gribble/John Peterson Careless Whisper George Michael
Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith
Chris Stroud/Brian Stuard Enter Sandman Metallica
Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello The Best Tina Turner
Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft Gucci Gang Lil Pump
D.A. Points/Kyle Thompson Working for the Weekend Loverboy
Mac Hughes/Corey Conners Big League Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley Circle of Life Carmen Twillie
Shane Lowry/Padraig Harrington Beautiful Day U2
Russell Knox/Martin Laird Flower of Scotland
Gary Woodland/Daniel Berger Forever Drake
Brandon Harkins/Lanto Griffin Started From the Bottom Drake
Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown Slippery Migos
Andrew Landry/Talor Gooch Big Poppa Notorious BIG
Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels Down Under Men at Work
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson Gold Spandau Ballet
Matt Every/Sam Saunders Running With the Devil Van Halen
Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan DNA Kendrick Lamar
Emiliano Grillo/Peter Uihlein Mi Gente (Remix) J Balvin, Willy William, Busta K.
Jamie Donaldson/Ross Fisher Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap
Harold Varner III/Robert Garrigus Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Alex Cejka/Ben Crane Here I Go Again Whitesnake
Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz Mexico Lindo y Querido Vicente Fernandez
Xinjun Zhang/Zecheng Dou Believe in Myself Zero Point Band

See what GolfWRX members think about the song selections in the forums.


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Tiger Woods gave 18-year-old Nepalese sensation Pratima Sherpa a private lesson



As you may have heard, 18-year-old Pratima Sherpa aspires to be the first Nepalese professional golfer. The story of her attempt to rise from almost unimaginable poverty to the professional ranks is the subject of ESPN’s short film “A Mountain to Climb.”

Visiting the United States for the premier of the film, Sherpa got a 30-minute private lesson with a 14-time major champion, as none other than Tiger Woods invited to the Medalist Club for a meeting, per ESPN.

Woods tweeted these shots of the meeting and the lesson. Regardless of whether you are/were a hardcore Tiger fanatic, it’s nice to see him settling into his “ambassador for the game” role.

Sherpa’s incredible story, as mentioned, is detailed in the ESPN short “A Mountain to Climb,” which you can (and should) watch below.

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