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Reed’s Run Is Rock Solid

MIAMI | It was charming a couple years ago when professional golf discovered Patrick Reed, crisscrossing the country with his then-fiancée Justine Karain, playing Monday qualifiers and making midnight drives, while she carried his clubs and he carried their dreams.
They got married along the way, Reed earned full status on the PGA Tour and when he beat Jordan Spieth with the shot of his lifetime from beneath a tree to win the Wyndham Championship in a playoff last August, it felt like the culmination to a sweet story.
It wasn’t.
It was just the start.
Reed, who’s a little rounder and a little thicker and apparently a little better than most of his contemporaries, won the Humana Challenge in January by shooting 63 each of the first three days, something no one had ever done previously on the PGA Tour, earning him a congratulatory phone call from tournament host Bill Clinton, who gave him a hallelujah chorus.
Those wins were nice, each of them striped with a splash of color. It was the victory Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Donald Trump’s now-fearsome course at Doral that branded Reed a heavyweight. He handled a golf course that specialized in delivering body blows and he beat the best field gathered anywhere this calendar year.
And he did it wearing black pants and a red shirt on Sunday with Mr. Red Shirt playing one group ahead of him in the final round. Intimidation took the early plane out of Miami, apparently.
That’s three wins in Reed’s past 14 starts. He was ranked 586th in the world 14 months ago. This week he’s No. 20.


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