Meet Patrick Reed, the controversial Masters champion whose wife was his caddy and who hasn’t talked to his family in 6 years

Patrick Reed and his wife, Justine Reed.

caption
Patrick Reed and his wife, Justine Reed.
source
Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

  • Patrick Reed won the Masters on Sunday, cementing his rise to the top of the golf world.
  • The victory brought attention to Reed’s wife, Justine, who was his caddy for two years, and his parents, who haven’t spoken to their son since 2012.
  • Reed hasn’t commented much on his family, but the scarce details that are public give a glimpse into Reed’s life.

Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday, holding off a late charge from a fan favorites Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to earn himself the coveted green jacket and a place in golf’s history books.

Reed, 27, has had a turbulent ride in the spotlight, including a controversial college career and a public feud with his parents dating back to 2012. The golfer’s complicated past contributed to his reputation as one of the sport’s biggest villains.

Now with a Masters victory on Reed’s résumé, more details about his relationships are coming to light – including with his wife, Justine Reed, who worked as his caddy for two years, and with his parents, who still support their son on social media despite not having spoken in years.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the man at the center of the golfing world.


Patrick Reed was born in 1990 into a golfing family. One of his first gifts was a set of plastic golf clubs.

source
Twitter/Jeannette Reed

Source: Golf.com


He’s especially close with his wife, Justine Reed — for two years, she worked as his caddy on the pro golf circuit.

source
Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Source: WPTV News


Patrick and Justine met at Augusta State University, where Patrick led the golf team to two national championships. He transferred to Augusta State after a tumultuous year at the University of Georgia.

source
YouTube/Golfweek Mag

Source: Golf.com, Business Insider


Justine is an athlete and made headlines when she volunteered to be Patrick’s caddie. “She’s helped me so much,” Patrick said, adding, “She would get me to slow down and think things through.”

source
YouTube/WPTV News

Source: Golf.com


Justine stepped down from caddying in 2014 when she became pregnant, but the job stayed in the family, as her brother Kessler Karain took over.

source
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Source: Golf.com


Justine still advises Patrick before each tournament, plotting strategy hole by hole.

source
Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Source: Golf.com


The couple has two children: Windsor-Wells, born in 2014, and Barrett Benjamin, born in December.

source
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Source: New York Post, Golf.com


Patrick has a fraught relationship with his family — he hasn’t had any contact with his parents or sister since 2012.

source
Twitter/Jeannette Reed

Source: Golf.com


Patrick’s mother, Jeannette Reed, once said she thought the estrangement began because she and her husband, Bill Reed, suggested that Patrick and Justine were too young to marry. They weren’t invited to the couple’s wedding in 2012.

caption
Patrick Reed with his father, Bill Reed.
source
Twitter/Bill Reed

Source: Golf.com


In 2014, Patrick’s parents and his sister Hannah went to watch him at the US Open in North Carolina. Police surrounded the family at the 18th hole and were escorted off the grounds, apparently at Justine’s wishes.

source
Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Source: Golf.com


Patrick and Justine rarely discuss the estrangement publicly, but in 2016, Justine excoriated Patrick’s parents on social media, accusing them of abusing him verbally and physically as a child.

source
Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Source: The Sun


Hannah pushed back on Justine’s claims on social media, calling Patrick “a selfish, horrible stranger” and saying it was “devastating seeing my parents hurt and suffer from what is being posted about them.”

source
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Source: The Sun


Amid the public drama, Patrick has kept himself at a distance from others. “I don’t really know him, even though we played on the Ryder Cup team together,” said Ryan Moore, another golfer. “He keeps to himself and does his own thing.”

source
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Source: Golf.com


The golfer Webb Simpson said: “He’s a hard worker. He always tries to handle his business, and I respect that.”

source
Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Source: Golf.com


While Patrick is enjoying his rapid rise to golf stardom, his family remains supportive, occasionally talking with news outlets and posting congratulatory messages on social media.

source
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Source: Golf.com


His parents haven’t met either of their two grandchildren.

source
Twitter/Patrick Reed

Source: Golf.com


After winning the Masters on Sunday, Reed was asked whether it was bittersweet that he wasn’t sharing the moment with his family. “I’m just out here to play golf and try to win golf tournaments,” he said.

source
David Cannon/Getty Images

Source: New York Post

More Masters coverage: