Patrick Reed consults with David Leadbetter after introduction from Reed’s spouse

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Patrick Reed has not seemed his Masters-winning self in latest days. Final weekend, he closed out an in any other case stellar Gamers Championship marketing campaign with a fourth-round 78. On Thursday, right here on the Valspar Championship, Reed made three double-bogeys on his approach to an opening-round 77. So it was no shock to see him grinding on the vary earlier than his second spherical at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course on Friday morning.

What was stunning was the trainer at his facet: David Leadbetter.

With Reed’s swing out of types, Justine Reed — Patrick’s spouse and former caddie — put in a name Thursday to enlist the companies of the famend swing coach. Leadbetter was sport to help, which led to his and Reed’s almost-90-minute session at Innisbrook.

After observing Reed, Leadbetter advised that he felt Reed’s swing was getting too lengthy, which had additionally been Justine’s concern. “I wouldn’t say Bubba(ish), however very lengthy,” Leadbetter mentioned.

Reed has labored with two different coaches for a number of years: Kevin Kirk (since 2012) and Josh Gregory (for the reason that finish of 2015).

Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain, advised, “He simply desires a second set of eyes on his swing. The final couple rounds he’s been a very totally different golfer.”

Leadbetter was uncertain whether or not this session with Reed would result in extra consultations. “You by no means know with these guys,” he mentioned. “He appeared to love it, so we’ll see the way it goes. At present was the primary time I’d actually met him.”

Gary Koch, the NBC analyst and six-time PGA Tour winner, mentioned of Reed’s emergency assembly with Leadbetter: “Doing this with one other coach this near the Masters reveals the sense of urgency Reed’s feeling. I don’t recall in my time seeing this occur in all my years I’ve been watching the Masters.”

Leadbetter mentioned he additionally couldn’t recall a reigning Masters champion soliciting swing recommendation simply weeks earlier than his title protection, however added, “It was not open-heart surgical procedure right now, simply one thing small that we labored on.”

When Reed began his second spherical on the Valspar at 1:14 p.m ET., he was 12 photographs off the lead. He’s paired with Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.

He has not received since claiming his first main title at Augusta Nationwide final April.

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