Even pro golfers get ghosted.
Patrick Reed’s first interaction with his wife, Justine Karain, only occurred because her sister, Kris, never answered his text after a first date.
“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response,” Reed said in an interview with Golf Digest, in which he also addressed his critics and public image.
“So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out,” Reed said. “So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse. We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”
Reed told the outlet that he left home at age 21 to be with Justine, who previously worked as his caddy in his first two years on the PGA Tour. They went on to marry in December 2012, when Reed was 22 years old. He described the early days of their relationship as “rough,” and noted that Justine has sacrificed a lot for his career.
“We were road warriors, driving Justine’s Lexus IS 250 sedan, chasing Monday qualifiers around the country just like they did in the old days. I had extra clubs and clothes. She had a full bag of makeup, full bag of hair products, 50 pairs of shoes … pretty hilarious, just trying to tilt down the seat to catch some sleep as she’s driving through the night so that I could make a tee time,” Reed recalled.
“With her caddying, we went six-for-eight in PGA Tour Mondays that year. For her to put her dreams aside to support me, I’ll never forget that. Someday I hope to be half the person she is.”
Now this is a Reed story golf fans have embraced — unlike his past ones involving rules controversies.
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