Florida – Patrick Reed hasn’t completed within the prime 10 in 9 begins this 12 months, is three weeks away from defending his title within the Masters and was seen on Friday morning engaged on the vary with swing coach David Leadbetter.
Reed stated it was merely a product of his coach, Kevin Kirk, not being on the Valspar Championship.
He stated his spouse, Justine, may inform the Masters champion wanted somebody to try his swing as Reed staggered to a 77 within the opening spherical at Innisbrook that finally led to him lacking the reduce by 9 photographs.
“My coaches aren’t right here and all that, I knew he was on the town, and simply questioned if he may take a peek, see what it regarded like,” Reed stated.
“We discovered some issues that can assist in the long term, nevertheless it’s onerous to include that actually on the spot whenever you’re teeing off that very same day.”
Reed adopted with a 75 for a 10-over 152, matching the fourth-highest 36-hole complete of his PGA Tour profession.
In a convention name on Monday afternoon for the Masters, he stated his recreation felt “actually shut”.
“You imply it isn’t in an excellent place after the final two days?” Reed stated on Friday with a smile.
“It took a break. It is truly actually shut. It is so much nearer than what the rating reveals.”
Even so, it was peculiar seeing Leadbetter grabbing maintain of Reed’s membership at numerous factors in his swing to examine on the place. Reed didn’t say what they discovered, nor did he rule out this was the final time he would see Leadbetter, who presently works with Rafa Cabrera Bello.
He stated it was his spouse’s concept to name Leadbetter.
“I’ve full confidence in something she does,” Reed stated.
He stated as a result of he does not have a cellphone with him on the golf course, his spouse can inform if he wants a special membership, wants work with a coach or, on this case, wants somebody to examine on his swing.
“The good factor is we’re on the identical wavelength, her and I,” he stated. “Due to that, earlier than I even completed the spherical, I did not even have to inform her that, ‘Is there any approach we are able to get somebody in to only take a peek?’ … Simply attempt to get contemporary perspective on the swing.”
Reed has the Match Play subsequent week in Austin, Texas, in his final begin earlier than making an attempt to hitch Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the one repeat winners at Augusta Nationwide. A 12 months in the past, he had three straight prime 10s – together with a runner-up on the Valspar Championship – going into the Masters.