With his wife serving as his caddie, PGA Tour rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the Wyndham Championship.
Reed had six birdies in a bogey-free round that was a stroke shy of matching his best of the year. He had an 11-under 129 total.
”I don’t mind her having all the attention,” Reed said of his wife Justine. ”Less attention for me, which means I can just focus more on my game.”
John Huh had the best round of the day – a 62 – to move to 10 under. John Deere winner Jordan Spieth was 9 under after a 66. Spieth also is a PGA Tour rookie, and Huh is in his second year.
Charlie Wi (65), Bob Estes (66), Rory Sabbatini (66), Brian Harman (66), Jim Herman (66) and first-round co-leader Ross Fisher (69) were 7 under.
Organizers moved up the third-round tee times Saturday to try to dodge a threat of rain, with players going off in threesomes at the first and 10th tees.
Reed, who had top-10 finishes in his past two tournaments, missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh but closed his round with birdies on the eighth and ninth holes, walking off the green with his arm around Justine’s shoulder.
She began caddying for him last summer before a Monday qualifying tournament in Houston.
”I told her to read putts for me that day, and she just has a knack for reading greens extremely well,” Reed said. ”It’s basically like my coach being out there with me. She knows just as much about the golf swing. She knows why I hit it left or right or anything like that, so if ever I get out of whack, she can fix me immediately.”
Huh, a 23-year-old who was the youngest player on tour to win last year, sank birdies on his final three holes.
”I drove the ball great since (The) Masters,” Huh said. ”I was able to put everything together and I’m really pleased with it.”
A breakout rookie year on tour continued for the 20-year-old Spieth, who was 19 last month when he became the youngest winner in eight decades with his victory in the John Deere Classic.
He had a boom-or-bust day at Sedgefield with seven birdies and three bogeys. After starting on the back nine, he birdied four of his final six holes.
The field is littered with players trying to either hold on to their FedEx Cup playoff position or force their way into The Barclays in New Jersey next week. The top 125 on the points list qualify for the postseason.
Tommy ”Two Gloves” Gainey, who arrived at No. 137, moved to 3 under after his 69. Fisher, at No. 162, kept himself in position to challenge for a playoff spot, and so did Herman, No. 149.
But for others, the bubble may have burst: No. 126 Peter Hanson and No. 129 Padraig Harrington both missed the cut. Hanson was at 1 over after his 73 while Harrington’s 74 left him at 7 over.