At 24th in the world and with nine TOUR titles to his name, Patrick Reed was one of the biggest names in Bermuda. After battling bilateral pneumonia in August and starting his 2021-22 season with a missed cut and a T68, Port Royal would provide a glimpse into the state of his game.
The answer: It is still very good. Reed was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds in the 60s, going 68-69-68-65. On Thursday, after taking a drop from just off the cart path at the par-5 17th hole, he provided one of the highlights of the tournament with a hole-out eagle.
His final-round 65 was the second-lowest score of the day (Scott Stallings, 62). Playing in the seventh-to-last group, Reed birdied four of his last six holes for a 31 and the clubhouse lead. He would watch Herbert for the next hour, losing out on a playoff by just one shot.
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“Ever since I got back from being sick, it just seemed like the offense wasn't quite there,” Reed said. “I wasn't making enough birdies and when that happens, one loose swing here or there, it turns around, and you try to salvage a mediocre round.
This week, I definitely produced enough offense, but I need to take away some of the careless errors”. Reed will tee it up at this week’s World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty.
This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the "secret weapon" of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
"He's a good guy, he's been through a lot as a sportsman and he's the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I'm not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period.
" These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed 'the Baltimore Shark', important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. "The mental aspect is something I've worked on a lot with him lately.
I'm really lucky to have him around. Besides, he's a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value." This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.