Amer­i­can golfer Pa­trick Reed has game, loves to travel

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The Asia swing is the rare trip where Pa­trick Reed’s wife doesn’t ac­com­pany him. She stayed in Hous­ton be­cause they’re fi­nally mov­ing into their new house at The Wood­lands.

Not that Reed fig­ures to spend that much time in his new digs. Amer­i­can golfers are trav­el­ing more than ever, and the 26-year-old Reed is tak­ing that to an ex­treme. He has played 66 tour­na­ments in the last 24 months (in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dents Cup and Ry­der Cup), and as a long and tir­ing 2016 starts to wind down, Reed is just get­ting warmed up.

He played in Malaysia last week and is at the HSBC Cham­pi­ons in Shang­hai this week. Next week is the Turkish Air­lines Open, and then after a week at home, he heads to Dubai for the fi­nal event of the Euro­pean Tour sea­son. After a week back home for Thanksgiving, Reed is off to the Ba­hamas for the Hero World Chal­lenge and then gets on an­other plane for the Hong Kong Open.

“And then 20 days be­fore we head to Hawaii,” he said, with a grin.The rea­son for this hec­tic sched­ule? “I love to com­pete. I love to play,” Reed said on the prac­tice range at She­shan In­ter­na­tional, just three hours after his plane landed from Malaysia. “When I’m home, I’m just sit­ting there wish­ing I was out play­ing. Jus­tine feels the same way. It might not be the best strate­gic way to get your rank­ing up, but at the end of the day, if you play well it doesn’t mat­ter.” Reed’s rank­ing re­ally isn’t hurt that much by play­ing be­cause there is a max­i­mum of 52 tour­na­ments that count to­ward the equa­tion. He is No. 7 in the world, mak­ing progress to­ward that “top 5 player in the world” com­ment that at­tracted so much at­ten­tion when he won the World Golf Cham­pi­onship at Do­ral two years ago. Be­sides, he says he al­ways wanted to be known as a global player. He is go­ing to An­talya next week, con­ced­ing that he didn’t know where it was (Tur­key) while in col­lege in Geor­gia. He couldn’t find Dubai on the map un­til he went for the first time last year to fin­ish his first year as a Euro­pean Tour mem­ber.

“I didn’t want to play only in the US,” Reed said. “I feel it helps my game trav­el­ing over­seas. I al­ways wanted to see the world and get out of my com­fort zone.”

Most top play­ers limit them­selves to about 22 tour­na­ments a year, feel­ing as though they need time off to rest their body and mind. So far, Reed said keep­ing fresh has been the least of his wor­ries. “I’m stub­born. My mind is great,” he said. “If any­thing, the one thing I’ll work on is the body. The body can go in dips, and it breaks down my swing.”

This was his busiest year yet, partly be­cause of the Olympics. Start­ing with the U.S. Open, Reed played 14 times in 16 weeks through the Ry­der Cup. The only tour­na­ment he didn’t play was the Cana­dian Open. The other week was an open week be­fore the Tour Cham­pi­onship.

“I’m tired this year,” he con­ceded. “But I’m still go­ing to do it. I just have to get down when I have long runs and when I need my breaks. This year was unique be­cause even dur­ing a week off, you were pre­par­ing for a big event. That made it dif­fi­cult to shut any­thing down.”

us­sell Knox won twice in the last year, start­ing with the HSBC Cham­pi­ons, and he is No. 20 in the world. And yet the 31-year-old Scot can still walk through a shop­ping mall with­out get­ting no­ticed. As long as he doesn’t cut off his hair. “I told my wife that some­times when I shave my head, peo­ple think I’m Justin Tim­ber­lake,” Knox said Tues­day. “And she was like, ‘No, never. I don’t see it. I don’t think so.’ And that same day at the St. John’s Town Cen­ter, this woman runs up to me scream­ing. She gets five steps away and was, ‘Oh’ and walked away.” Knox said golf fans around Jack­sonville, Florida, rec­og­nize him more. “Out­side my home, barely any­one knows me,” he said. “And I’m fine with that.” It wasn’t clear if Knox was jok­ing when he added Phil Mick­el­son to that group. He talked about play­ing with Mick­el­son for the first time a few years ago at the Wells Fargo Cham­pi­onship, and later was asked if Mick­el­son knew he was.

“I still don’t think he knows who I am,” Knox said. “And I’m OK with that. Maybe he does. We’ve said, ‘Hi’ a few times. But he’s Phil Mick­el­son. I don’t care what I’ve done. I’m not Phil Mick­el­son.”

LEXI AND THE SHARK

Lexi Thomp­son has been added to the field at the Franklin Tem­ple­ton Shootout, the first woman to com­pete since An­nika Soren­stam in 2006.

Thomp­son is a seven-time win­ner on the LPGA Tour, in­clud­ing a ma­jor. Ja­son Dufner and Brandt Snedeker are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Dec. 8-10 at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. Among the new­com­ers to what used to be known as the Shark Shootout are Justin Thomas, Rus­sell Knox, Kevin Kis­ner, Kevin Chap­pell, Smylie Kauf­man and Bryson DeCham­beau.

Bar­bara Romack was a fix­ture at the US Women’s Open, and a play­ful in­tro­duc­tion was all any­one needed to know about her golf. She was the player who never lost to the great Mickey Wright.

Wright lost to Romack in the Cal­i­for­nia Girls’ Ju­nior and the Cal­i­for­nia Women’s Am­a­teur. Romack rose to promi­nence in 1954 when she de­feated Wright in the U.S. Women’s Am­a­teur at Al­legheny Coun­try Club in Penn­syl­va­nia. “She was my pi­geon,” Romack once jok­ingly said of Wright, who be­came widely re­garded as golf’s great­est fe­male player. They re­mained close friends over the years, and Wright was sad­dened to hear from the USGA that Romack died on Oct. 15 at age 83.

“I sort of looked up to her as a big sis­ter,” Wright said in an email to the USGA. “She was great fun, al­ways laugh­ing, and what a mar­velous am­a­teur golfer she was. Fine swing and a great put­ter. Can’t be­lieve she is gone, but she will for­ever be in my mem­o­ries.” Romack was at her best as an am­a­teur, and she was the first woman golfer to be on the cover of Sports Il­lus­trated in 1956 when the mag­a­zine re­ferred to her as a “lit­tle tiger” in pro­mot­ing the Cur­tis Cup. Romack played on three US teams.

She also won the 1952 North & South Am­a­teur at Pine­hurst, the 1953 Cana­dian Women’s Am­a­teur and the Cal­i­for­nia Women’s Am­a­teur four times.

Rory McIl­roy wasn’t plan­ning any equip­ment changes the rest of the year, though he is putting a Tay­lorMade driver and fair­way met­als in his bag for the HSBC Cham­pi­ons . ... Graeme Storm made a bo­gey on the fi­nal hole of the Por­tu­gal Mas­ters, cost­ing him his full Euro­pean Tour card. Only the top 110 after last week are ex­empt. Storm fin­ished at No. 111 by 100 Bri­tish pounds . ... Phoenix area golf fans have a unique 3-for-1 of­fer. Un­der a pro­gram called “Go Green Go Of­ten,” they can buy a sin­gle-day pass for $50 that gets them into PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons events. Those are the Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship in two weeks, the Waste Man­age­ment Phoenix Open the first week­end in Fe­bru­ary and the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in March . ... Doug Hawken is re­tir­ing Jan. 31 as pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer of Ping. He worked 45 years for the Ari­zona-based club­maker. — AP

CHASA: In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, United States’ Pa­trick Reed re­acts after win­ning the fifth hole dur­ing a sin­gles match at the Ry­der Cup golf tour­na­ment, at Hazel­tine Na­tional Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Amer­i­can golfers are trav­el­ing more than ever, and the 26-year-old Reed is tak­ing that to an ex­treme. He has played 66 tour­na­ments in the last 24 months (in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dents Cup and Ry­der Cup), and as a long and tir­ing 2016 starts to wind down, Reed is just get­ting warmed up.— AP

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