Q & A WITH PATRICK REED
Patrick Reed is an ambassador for Hublot watches, they talked to him after his victory at the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
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I think confidence is a word a lot of people would refer to when asked to describe Patrick Reed. How did that winning feeling-- the early wins - how did that make you feel? Talk to us about how belief became such a big part of your game.
It made me feel that I belonged out there. Whether it was, as a kid, belonging with the older kids or whether it was on the PGA tour. Once you get on the tour, you're excited that you made it. But then, once you get that first win, then all of a sudden you believe you deserve to be out there. Once you get past that first win, you get the second one, then you start having that belief that you can compete in Majors and really compete for that top spot.
If you don't have a belief in yourself no one's going to believe in you. Getting that win gets you into that category that, not only do you believe but, all of a sudden, everyone else starts realising, "Oh, he's won so he has proven himself. Now, let's give him a shot. Let's see what he really can do."
There's a moment you have no doubt talked about many times, when you took down one of your contemporaries in the 2016 Ryder cup. Now, we're talking about the art of perfect timing. I guess before you teed off in that round, you're approaching the golf course, you know you're playing Rory. At what point do you start realising you're feeling good? How do you control the emotion? How did you actually allow yourself to perform to that high level on that day?
Right when I finished on Saturday, I walked straight over to the captain and I said, "Hey, captain I want Rory." I knew there's no way we could guarantee that just by saying, "Hey, guys Patrick wants to play Rory, we're going there." Because you had to put down your names and hope that the other team put their names in such a way that matches up with your thinking. In the past, Rory has gone out around the middle of the singles matches because that's normally where the deciding match is, in the middle.
That's usually the winning point but because we were leading, we had a feeling that Rory was going to go out first. I'm over there jumping out my shoes like, "Put me out first, put me out first. I want Rory." Because I want to play their best guy and that week he's playing best and I want to go up against him. When it came out that I was to play Rory, I was just so jacked and excited and ready to go. Actually, my warm up wasn't as good as I needed it to be. I was struggling because I was so hyped that my timing was actually too fast.
I was swinging out of my shoes, getting out of my normal rhythm and because of that, my coach was like, "Hey, come on, let's calm down. Let's get back to your normal swing. Get back to your normal tempo." But it just wasn't happening. Then Tiger walks over he just gives me this blank stare, he said, "Come here." He just wraps his arm around me and tells me a story. It was really funny It was a good joke which kind of loosened me up and then from that point, I started hitting some shots and got back into my normal timing and normal rhythm.
On the first tee, with the first strike of that first shot, did you know then that you were swinging well?
My first tee shot was way left but it was hit really solid. I felt like we made a pretty good golf swing. Now, there are times that you're going to feel like you put the club in the right slot, you feel like you have perfect timing and the right rhythm but, if it's just a hair off on the release with your hands, the ball could go just a little bit one way or the other. When it went left like that, I looked at my caddie and said, "Hey, we're fine. I'm used to playing from the trees so let's go up there and let's get this crowd ready to go." →
You are a character and an individual. You do stand out, you have been through some interesting events, do you wear that like a badge of honour?
Yes and no. I've always believed if you're 110% truthful and you stick to your beliefs, then that's all you can do. Some people are going to love you, some people aren't. At the end of the day, if you're true to yourself, that's all that matters. I felt like myself and my whole team has done that, and that's all we can do.
One other question, what has golf taught you?
To be patient. Golf is an interesting sport. It's a long sport especially every week, 72 holes. Each round is at least four hours long. You're going to have good days and bad days. You just have to stay patient, and know there are going to be highs in your career. You're going to have to be able to ride them out and continue. You're going to have lows in your career. You're going to have to know how to ride the ship and not get too down on yourself.
Winning the Masters put you in the record books beside the greatest players ever to have played the game. What does it mean to you?
The Masters is the pinnacle of the game of golf, to always be known as a Masters Champion is one of the greatest honors in the game of golf. it is every kid's dream to win the Masters and it was certainly a dream come true for me.
Was there any one moment in the tournament that stands out for you as the most critical in your success or when you knew this year was your time?
I wouldn't say that there was any moment when I thought this was my year or time, but I prepared better and my mental approach was better. When I made the 20-25 footer for birdie on 12 on Sunday, I had this rush like I'm going to win. Nothing-no one is going to stop me.
To win any Major or become a successful professional golfer for that matter, players have to be able to rely on a really strong support system. Who has given you the support required to become a Major winner down the years?
Team Reed- my wife is and has been my biggest support system on and off the course, my mother in law is irreplaceable in our lives and she is so supportive. My sister- in-law, Kris, is my A-Team. My caddie, Kessler, I can always depend on. My coach, Kevin Kirk, who has spent so many hours with Justine and I, striving for perfection. Phillip Costa, my manager/attorney for Team Reed Enterprises, and every single friend that has been a part of Team Reed from the beginning. They know who they are and my support system is the best anyone could ask for.
How do you think the Masters will change your outlook on life?
The Masters is so special. It is the most exclusive club in golf and arguably one of the toughest majors to win. I've always wanted to win multiple majors and win all of them in my career, if anything- this just validates all of the hours myself and my team have put in to the game of golf and it feels amazing.
There are so many examples of players not handling the pressure going into the final round of a Major with the lead. What did you do that allowed you to deal with the nerves that come with such a scenario?
I stuck to my game plan. I watched the leaderboard so I knew where I stood and I knew what I needed to do to win. I stayed in the moment and didn't get ahead of myself.
Patrick Reed celebrates with the trophy during the green jacket ceremony after winning the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.
↑Patrick Reed during the World Golf ChampionshipsDell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 23, 2018 in Austin, Texas.