Update: An earlier version of this post included details from a Golf.com story that alleged Patrick Reed’s parents were escorted off of the course at the 2014 U.S. Open at the request of Justine Reed. Patrick and Justine Reed contend that statement is false.
An official statement from Reed’s lawyers, which appears to be confirmed by USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships John M. Bodenhamer, reads that instead, Bill and Jeannette Reed were removed from the course “specifically on the observations of local law enforcement officers, who reported that Bill Reed had made what they described as intimidating movements towards Justine Reed.”
The statement also reads that no member of Reed’s family requested that Bill and Jeannette Reed be escorted and removed from the premises – or that their badges be taken away. It states that Patrick Reed’s agent informed the USGA about Bill and Jeanette Reed’s presence – and that it was cause for concern. The statement reads that Justine Reed never indicated it was her “wish” to have them removed.
Earlier: Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, has been estranged from his immediate family for years. He hasn’t set foot in his parents’ house in more than five years. The star golfer and his wife, Justine, have two children, though neither his parents nor his sister have met them.
The specific reasons for the cutting of ties is unclear, though reports suggest that it could have something to do with his marriage. His parents allegedly thought he was getting married too soon – he was only 22 when he married Justine. Since then, communication has reportedly been cut off.
Reed is back at The Masters this week and, once again, his family is a story. His parents live in Augusta, Georgia, where the tournament is held, and could reportedly show up to the event this weekend.
This reportedly worries Reed, who hasn’t liked it when his parents have shown up to tournaments in previous years, as the New York Times details:
Yet easily the worst distraction that Reed faces any week, but especially this one, when he will defend the Masters title he won last year, is the possibility that at any moment he will look up and come face-to-face with the most painful chapter of his life.
Reed’s parents live six miles from Augusta National Golf Club, in a two-story, Southern-style Colonial replete with a bedroom shrine to their first child and only son, who hasn’t stepped foot in the house since 2012. This week should be a joyous homecoming for Reed, who led Augusta State (now Augusta University) to back-to-back national championships and will preside over Tuesday’s legends-laden Champions dinner. But instead it has all the makings of a nightmare, with his acrimonious relationship with his family threatening to become as much a part of this year’s Masters narrative as his attempt to become the first golfer since Tiger Woods in 2002 to successfully defend his title.
Reed told The Times that he thinks his estranged family could show up this weekend.
“I wouldn’t at all be surprised if they show up,” Reed said.
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Reed isn’t considered one of the frontrunners to win The Masters this weekend. Vegas puts his odds at 60-1, well back of the leaders like Rory McIlroy (7-1) and Dustin Johnson (10-1).
Still, he’s clearly proven to be capable of winning at Augusta, and could do it again this year. His play on the course might not be the only big storyline surrounding him, though.