Reed checks on swing with coach on spouse’s recommendation

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Patrick Reed hasn’t completed within the high 10 in 9 begins this 12 months, is three weeks away from defending his title within the Masters and was seen Friday morning engaged on the vary with swing coach David Leadbetter.

Reed mentioned it was merely a product of his coach, Kevin Kirk, not being on the Valspar Championship.

He mentioned his spouse, Justine, might 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 pictures.

Defending champ Paul Casey holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the 599-yard fifth gap and made brief birdie putts on the opposite three par 5s on his solution to a 5-under 66, giving him a share of the lead with Austin Prepare dinner within the Valspar Championship.

So even when Tiger Woods is not threatening at tournaments thus far this 12 months, that does not imply he is not positioning himself properly for Augusta Nationwide.

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“My coaches aren’t right here and all that, I knew he was on the town, and simply puzzled if he might take a peek, see what it regarded like,” Reed mentioned. “We discovered some issues that may assist in the long term, but it surely’s arduous to include that actually on the spot while 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 Monday afternoon for the Masters, he mentioned his recreation felt “actually shut.”

“You imply it is not in a very good place after the final two days?” Reed mentioned Friday with a smile. “It took a break. It is truly actually shut. It is quite a bit nearer than what the rating exhibits.”

Patrick Reed completed his spherical on the Valspar Championship on Friday with a 75 for a 10-over 152, matching the fourth-highest 36-hole complete of his PGA Tour profession. Cliff Hawkins/Getty Photos

Even so, it was peculiar seeing Leadbetter grabbing maintain of Reed’s membership at varied factors in his swing to verify 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 now works with Rafa Cabrera Bello.

He mentioned it was his spouse’s thought to name Leadbetter.

“I’ve full confidence in something she does,” Reed mentioned.

He mentioned as a result of he would not have a cellphone with him on the golf course, his spouse can inform if he wants a distinct membership, wants work with a coach or, on this case, wants somebody to verify on his swing.

“The good factor is we’re on the identical wavelength, her and I,” he mentioned. “Due to that, earlier than I even completed the spherical, I did not even have to inform her that, ‘Is there any approach we will get somebody in to simply take a peek?’ … Simply attempt to get recent perspective on the swing.”

Reed has the Match Play subsequent week in Austin, Texas, in his final begin earlier than attempting to affix Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the one repeat winners at Augusta Nationwide. A 12 months in the past, he had three straight high 10s — together with a runner-up on the Valspar Championship — going into the Masters.

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