Reed would like to de­liver daugh­ter another tro­phy

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Daddy’s lit­tle SOUTHAMP­TON, N.Y. girl is wait­ing. Pa­trick Reed would like to de­liver her a nice present — on Fa­ther’s Day, no less.

“The big­gest thing is try to get tro­phies,” Reed said ahead of the U.S. Open. “I keep on promis­ing my daugh­ter that I’m go­ing to bring her home a tro­phy ev­ery time I leave the house.”

The last one Reed pre­sented four-year-old Wind­sor-Wells was from the Mas­ters. That was only two months ago, his first ma­jor vic­tory. Reed fin­ished at 15-un­der par at Au­gusta Na­tional to beat Rickie Fowler by a stroke and Jor­dan Spi­eth by two.

“To be able to come to the U.S. Open, es­pe­cially af­ter win­ning the last ma­jor, def­i­nitely gives me a lit­tle more con­fi­dence and gives me that self-be­lief as well as a com­fort level that what­ever comes down Sun­day, if we have a chance to win the golf tour­na­ment, I’ve done it be­fore,” Reed said.

Be­fore this year, Reed’s best ma­jor fin­ish was a tie for 12th in the 2016 Bri­tish Open. He closed out last year’s U.S. Open tied for 13th.

The 27-year-old Texan has won six events on the PGA Tour since turn­ing pro in 2011. His name has been out there, only now it’s high­lighted, un­der­lined and bolded.

“In Houston, I used to be able to just walk around our home­town in my nor­mal golf clothes all lo­goed up, and you might get one or two peo­ple to say hello,” Reed said. “Now, if I go in jeans and no golf what­so­ever on, every­one still seems to rec­og­nize you and kind of come up.”

Recog­ni­tion comes with the ter­ri­tory, so Reed doesn’t mind it. He still tries to give peo­ple the same amount of at­ten­tion if not more since the in­ter­est has grown, and he man­ages his time to ac­com­mo­date the in­creased obli­ga­tions, a must when you own a ma­jor.

The only time he keeps to him­self is when in­side the ropes. That’s where the work is done, and he’s still the same com­peti­tor at heart.

No, Reed doesn’t back off, some­thing he surely will put on dis­play on the two par-5 holes at Shin­necock: the fifth (589 yards) and 16th (616 yards).

“I try to stay as ag­gres­sive as pos­si­ble,” he said. “I do not like 5s on par 5s.”

No. 7, tra­di­tion­ally one of the most dif­fi­cult holes at Shin­necock, sticks out most to Reed.

“I’ve heard sto­ries about it, and I’ve watched it from ’04 but never ac­tu­ally got to ex­pe­ri­ence it,” Reed said. “So to be able to come out and play that hole for the first time, you know, it’s a fun lit­tle par 3.”

If Reed’s idea of lit­tle and fun is 189 yards with a po­ten­tially whip­ping wind and a wildly un­du­lat­ing green, then sure.

Reed ar­rived in Southamp­ton on June 3, ear­lier than the ma­jor­ity of his op­po­nents. He has played ev­ery day ex­cept Satur­day, grown to love the place and called it a com­plete golf course, even with the wind, hay and de­gree of dif­fi­culty.

Ba­si­cally, he can’t wait to get started. Round 1 is Thurs­day, and he is paired with fel­low ma­jor win­ners Zach John­son and Charl Schwartzel.

“Re­ally,” Reed said, “it’s me against my­self.

“The feel­ing you get walking up 18 and mak­ing the putt on the last hole to win a ma­jor is un­be­liev­able,” Reed added. “It’s a feel­ing you want to get back to.”

Another thing he wants to get back to is those gifts for his daugh­ter.

“Daddy needs to get on track,” Reed said, “and bring her home more tro­phies.”

The feel­ing you get walking up 18 and mak­ing the putt on the last hole to win a ma­jor is un­be­liev­able. It’s a feel­ing you want to get back to.

ROB CARR/GETTY IM­AGES

Pa­trick Reed is com­ing into the U.S. Open fol­low­ing his first ma­jor vic­tory, at the Mas­ters two months ago.

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