WEATHER AUTHORITY : Heat Advisory View Alerts

Long drives, short sight: How contact lenses helped Patrick Reed win Masters

He was one of the best golfers in the world, yet his eyesight was terrible.Patrick Reed, nicknamed Captain Ame...

Posted: May 3, 2018 1:10 PM
Updated: May 3, 2018 1:10 PM

He was one of the best golfers in the world, yet his eyesight was terrible.

Patrick Reed, nicknamed Captain America for his Ryder Cup heroics, struggled to see his ball past 30 yards and had trouble reading greens.

Reed fitted for contacts 10 days before Masters

Won first major at Augusta by one shot

Couldn't see beyond 30 yards before

But a conversation while watching TV 10 days before the Masters sparked Reed's spectacular journey to the green jacket.

Switching through the channels with his wife Justine and his in-laws, the 27-year-old discovered he couldn't read the words on the screen.

"I'm sitting at the kitchen table in our kitchen, and we have a pretty big TV in the den, and kind of flipped through channels and I cannot read the guide," Reed said.

"I'm just moving slowly. Justine goes, 'You can't read that?' I'm like, 'No, can you?'"

She could, as could everyone else in the house -- even his father-in-law who wears thick glasses.

Justine dragged him to the optician and he was fitted for his first pair of lenses on the Monday of the Houston Open, the week before the Masters.

READ: Masters champion adjusts to newfound fame

'Wow, I can see everything'

At Augusta, Reed won his first major by one stroke from fellow American Rickie Fowler.

Previously, he was always asking caddie Kessler Karain where his ball landed, he says. And even his father-in-law knew his putting had been a struggle of late.

"I got a prescription for contacts, put them in, and all of a sudden I'm just looking out like, 'Wow, I can see everything,'" Reed told reporters ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, North Carolina.

"Now all of a sudden I'm not having to ask Kessler where that ball goes ... Now all of a sudden I can read greens pretty well, and it worked at Augusta."

The Masters was Reed's sixth PGA Tour title. He's also played on two US Ryder Cup teams and was instrumental in the famous victory at Hazeltine in 2016.

Imagine what the world No. 10 could accomplish now he can see?

At Quail Hollow, which starts May 3, Reed will be paired with US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods, who plays for the first time since a tied 32nd at Augusta as he resumes his comeback from multiple back surgeries.

The 14-time major champion spent his time resting, working out in the gym, coaching kids, working with his course design team and giving a lesson to young Nepalese golfer Pratima Sherpa.

READ: 'Time to get back to work' -- Tiger Woods

"I threw my clubs in the closet for about 10 days," the 42-year-old former world No. 1 told reporters in North Carolina.

"I got away from the game, didn't touch a club, didn't make a golf swing."

Woods won at Quail Hollow in 2007 but hasn't played there since 2012. He has confirmed he will also compete in next week's Players Championship and the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in June.

READ: Meet Pratima Sherpa, the teenager making history for Nepal

'Everything is at Augusta'

Also in the field is Rory McIlroy, who clinched the first of 14 PGA Tour titles with a course-record 62 at Quail Hollow in 2010.

Visit CNN.com/golf for more news, features and videos

The Northern Irishman, who also won at the venue in 2015, played with Reed in the final group at Augusta but slipped back to tie for fifth.

McIlory only needs the Masters to complete the career grand slam and says the year's first major is now the world's biggest tournament.

"I don't care about the US Open or the Open Championship," said McIlroy.

"The most amount of eyeballs, the most amount of hype, everything is at Augusta."

He added: "For me it's the most special tournament that we play and it's the one everyone desperately wants to win, but even if I was going for my first major, it's still tough to win."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 37542

Reported Deaths: 1272
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds310258
DeSoto205020
Madison156039
Jones125450
Harrison123116
Rankin117320
Forrest107143
Neshoba105077
Lauderdale97581
Scott83715
Jackson80919
Washington78214
Copiah69016
Leake65120
Lee64023
Grenada63412
Oktibbeha63228
Lamar6127
Warren61222
Holmes60842
Wayne57519
Yazoo5747
Leflore56956
Lowndes55317
Lincoln54136
Pike52821
Lafayette5274
Sunflower5269
Monroe47239
Panola4696
Covington4665
Simpson4613
Bolivar42818
Tate41813
Attala39024
Pontotoc3906
Adams38820
Newton37910
Marion35612
Claiborne31811
Pearl River31732
Marshall3074
Winston30513
Chickasaw30419
Jasper2956
Walthall2899
Noxubee2819
Clay26811
Smith26112
Union25811
Coahoma2376
Clarke23425
Lawrence2182
Yalobusha2089
Tallahatchie2064
Montgomery1903
Carroll18911
Kemper18414
Humphreys17810
Calhoun1765
Hancock15813
Itawamba1528
Tippah15111
Jefferson1353
Webster13511
George1313
Jefferson Davis1294
Prentiss1294
Tunica1273
Amite1183
Greene11810
Alcorn1132
Tishomingo1111
Quitman1041
Wilkinson1049
Perry954
Stone802
Choctaw764
Franklin582
Sharkey520
Benton490
Issaquena111
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 58225

Reported Deaths: 1183
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson7186174
Mobile5206147
Montgomery4690114
Tuscaloosa277754
Madison27299
Marshall209012
Shelby182026
Lee171637
Morgan14296
Baldwin139611
Walker112635
DeKalb11187
Etowah110414
Elmore110124
Dallas102810
Franklin96016
Unassigned81428
Russell7340
Autauga73317
Chambers69332
Limestone6914
Cullman6896
Houston6587
Butler65631
St. Clair6463
Tallapoosa64669
Lauderdale6337
Colbert5826
Calhoun5776
Escambia5228
Lowndes49723
Pike4915
Jackson4722
Coffee4534
Covington43913
Talladega4337
Dale4142
Barbour4133
Bullock38010
Hale36723
Marengo36411
Chilton3563
Blount3441
Marion33214
Clarke3296
Wilcox3258
Winston3157
Sumter30413
Pickens2806
Randolph27910
Monroe2773
Perry2632
Conecuh2478
Bibb2322
Macon2279
Choctaw22112
Greene2019
Henry1613
Washington1588
Lawrence1510
Crenshaw1403
Cherokee1357
Geneva1060
Lamar951
Clay922
Fayette902
Coosa691
Cleburne531
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 76°
Feels Like: 104°
Columbus
Few Clouds
97° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 115°
Oxford
Few Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 102°
Starkville
Scattered Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 100°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather