It hasn’t taken Patrick Reed long to become one of the most interesting faces in all of golf.
The 24-year-old Texas native has developed a reputation as a “brash, arrogant, abrasive, unapologetic, winner” and has sparked his own share of headlines during the opening rounds of the 2015 U.S. Open. But while Reed has created a bit of a firestorm of interest on his own, his family has only added metaphorical fuel to the fire.
Reed’s wife, Justine, was a former junior golfer herself and even did a stint as her husband’s caddie for several years. Now, that role has fallen to Justine’s brother, Kessler. Add in claims of estranged parents and you’ve got a recipe for a family dynamic that is just as interesting as the puts Reed will take at Chambers Bay.
As Reed battles it out with fellow American Jordan Speith atop the Open leaderboard, it’s a family affair for the golfer. Here’s what you need to know about Team Reed:
1. Patrick & Justine Were Married in December 2012
The couple met through Justine’s younger sister, a friend of Patrick’s, at LSU’s University Laboratory School. According to Patrick, the two met and “things clicked right away.”
He proposed on January 9, 2012 – the same night the LSU football team was playing in the national title game. After three years of dating, the couple didn’t waste much time planning and made it to the alter by December of the same year.
2. Justine Used to Be Her Husband’s Caddie
Justine started caddying for her husband in 2012, the same year they were married, and was on the bag for his first three PGA Tour victories, including when he won the Wyndham Championship in 2013.
Although Reed isn’t the first player to have his wife act as his caddie, Justine did tend to stand out on the links. However, Justine wasn’t simply there to hold her husband’s bag. A former junior golfer herself, she knows her stuff and despite holding a degree in nursing, Justine found she enjoyed caddying more than she ever could have expected.
She told the Washington Post:
If you had told me with all the work I put into my nursing degree I’d be doing this, I wouldn’t have believed you. When I told my Dad, he was like, ‘You’re doing what?’ If he takes too many shots out of that stuff, he could jam his wrist. He’s got to be careful; that’s our livelihood — although we always have nursing as the backup plan.
3. The Couple Welcomed Their First Daughter in May 2014
Justine only gave up caddying recently – when she found out she was pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Windsor-Wells Reed was born at 1:42 p.m. on May 22, 2014 at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center. Patrick had withdrawn from the HP Byron Nelson as he and Justine prepared for the arrival of their daughter.
Justine’s brother, Kessler took over as Patrick’s caddie after Windsor-Wells was born. He’s currently working the bag during this year’s 2015 U.S. Open.
4. Patrick Has Been Estranged From His Family Since 2011
Following a tumultuous college career, including an expulsion from the University of Georgia, Reed found his footing at Augusta State and led the school to a pair of unexpected national titles in 2010 and 2011. At the same time, Reed’s relationship with his family was shattering.
He left home for good when he graduated from Augusta in 2011 and essentially cut all ties with his own family.
Reed’s father, Bill, spoke about the divide to Shane Ryan in his book Slaying the Tiger:
As a parent, no matter how much pain you’re going through, our philosophy on it is we’re never going to throw one of our own children under the bus. No matter how much our children hurt us, I’m not going to hang them out to dry in a national setting.
His mother, Jeanette, maintains a strong social media presence and frequently tweets out messages of support to her son, including posts during his run at the Masters earlier this year.
Bill also added his own social media sentiments in May, tweeting out a birthday wish to Windsor-Wells, who the family, apparently, has yet to meet:
5. Justine Reportedly Had Reed’s Parents Kicked Out of the U.S. Open Last Year
Reed’s relationship with his family has not gotten any better over the years either. According to reports, Justine Reed attempted to have her husband’s estranged parents removed from the audience during the 2014 U.S. Open.
According to a longform piece by Sports Illustrated‘s Alan Shipnuck, Reed’s parents, Bill and Jeanette, and his younger sister, Hannah, were not invited to the couple’s 2012 wedding. Jeanette believes it was because she and Bill had suggested Patrick was too young to get married. He was 22 at the time.
Shipnuck continued to relay a story that Reed’s parents and sister had gotten tickets to the 2014 U.S. Open from a friend and followed Patrick through the second round before Justine took notice of them. While walking to the 18th hole, Bill, Jeannette and Hannah were surrounded by police officers and were escorted off the grounds. Jeannette claimed a USGA official said they were acting on Justine’s requests. Both Patrick and Justine Reed refused to comment on their relationship with his parents.