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: As Patrick Reed got to don on the green jacket Sunday, two people were not in attendance: His parents.
According to Golf.com, as the Georgia native finished one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler to become the 2018 Masters Champion, his estranged parents watched the tournament from their home just a few miles away from the greens of Augusta.
While Reed had quite a bit of trouble in his brilliant college career, he reportedly stopped talking to his parents after they disapproved of him marrying his wife, Justine. Reed was 22 at the time and his parents, Bill and Jeanette, wanted their son to wait. The advice caused Reed to completely cut off communication with his parents and his baby sister, Hannah. Patrick and Justine were married in 2012 - Reed's parents were not invited to the ceremony.
Justine is four years older than Reed and considered a golf guru. She actually served as Reed’s caddie on the pro golf circuit early on in his career. Justine's brother, Kessler, took over her caddying duties in 2014 when she became pregnant. The couple has two kids together who have yet to meet Reed's parents and sister.
There was also a heated back and forth on social media in late 2016 between Justine and Reed's family. Justine claimed in a Facebook post that the Reeds are "sick people and need help." She also alleges Reed was physically and emotionally abused by his parents, adding she never wants to raise her own children in that kind of environment. Reeds' parents have adamantly denied the accusations and his sister, Hannah, responded in a post of her own that she was tired of seeing her parents being hurt.
Here's her post via Golf.com:
"I have sat back and watched the numerous and disgusting accusation his wife, mother-in-law and everyone now associated as his family have made. Patrick is not the same person he used to be. This is not a brother anymore, but a selfish, horrible stranger and it's heartbreaking … It is devastating seeing my parents hurt and suffer from what is being posted about them."
After Reed claimed his first major championship, Alan Shipnuck of Golf.com asked Reed if it was "bittersweet" not to be able to share the victory with his family and the golfer simply replied with:
"I'm just out here to play golf and try to win golf tournaments."
Reed finished -15 for the tournament and the win marked his first major championship.
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