Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters champion known as Captain America for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, admits he often gets emotional when competing.
“If things aren’t going well, I show my emotions on my sleeve,” says Reed, who showed some of that fiery passion when he snapped a wedge over his leg at the U.S. Open last week. “So having somebody who’s really level headed and even keeled like that kind of evens me out, whether I’m going for everything or whether I’m laying back.”
That person with the level head alongside him on the golf course is Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain. The two have a rock-solid relationship and they shared with USA TODAY Sports what Karain, who is also Reed’s brother-in-law, brings to the PGA Tour star’s “Inner Circle.”
“I think my biggest strength is just knowing when to push him, when to pull him back and when to just step out of his way,” Karain said.
So far their partnership has been a productive one. Reed has six PGA Tour victories since 2013 and he’s made the last three Ryder Cup teams.
Patrick Reed (right) hugs his caddie Kessler Karain (left) on the 18th green during the final round of The Barclays golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course on Aug. 28, 2016. (Photo: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports)
During some of the biggest moments of his career, whether playing at Augusta National contending for his first major championship or going head-to-head against Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup, Reed says Karain has been a constant supporter. “It didn’t matter whether it was a good shot or bad shot, he was like, all right, c’mon let’s keep plugging and kind of kept me in the moment.”
There’s no doubt Reed will have plenty of pressure-packed yet special moments in the future with Karain by his side.
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