Emotions were running high on Friday evening at the 119th U.S. Open as players coming down the stretch did their best to earn a weekend tee time.
Playing in the third-to-last pairing to go off the first tee, Patrick Reed came to the iconic 18th hole at Pebble Beach in a great position to make the weekend, and potentially get into the fringes of contention with a closing birdie on the par-5.
However, after hitting his third shot over the back of the green and unable to get his fourth shot onto the putting surface, Reed was seeing a bit of red. Facing a short-sided chip from the thick Pebble Beach rough, Reed’s lofted wedge went right underneath the ball, advancing it only a few feet.
As a result of the poor shot, Reed swiftly punished the club.
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Sensing the moment perfectly, Reed’s caddie and brother-in-law, Kessler Karain calmly pulled another wedge out of the bag and let Reed do his thing as he chipped for bogey.
Needing to get up-and-down for a double bogey, and without his highest-lofted wedge, Reed scared the hole with his next chip and cleaned up his double bogey to make the 2-over par cut on the number.
Posting his score so late in the day, Reed will have a quick turnaround and need to acquire a new wedge fast as he goes off in the second group on Saturday morning 11 strokes behind the 36-hole leader Gary Woodland.