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.

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