Reed may consider turning left-handed after borrowing MacIntyre’s putter

Bernie McGuire

Patrick Reed (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

by Bernie McGuire, Dubai

Patrick Reed may consider turning left-handed after he borrowed Robert MacIntyre’s putter to hole a lengthy putt just minutes after the Texan’s second round at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai.

Reed struggled with the putter as reflected in a score of 70, picking-up three birdies in a five-hole stretch from his eighth to 13th holes ahead of a 15th hole bogey in a score of 70 for his eight-under tally on the Emirates course.

Then as the Texan made his way to the player’s lounge via the practice putting green he passed by the left-handed MacIntyre who was working on his putting straight after his round of 69 to be five-under.

Reed, who knows the Scot well, grabbed MacIntyre’s putter and proceeded to hole a 15-footer.

Reed was smiling in saying:  “There you go! I couldn’t buy a putt all day. Thanks, Bob”.

The big question was whether Reed and Rory McIlroy would go out together on day three of this $US9m event given they each posted rounds of 66 and 70 to be tied on eight-under after 36-holes but with Tour officials releasing the third round draw and the pair to tee-off 10 minutes apart.

Three players lead the way – England’s Richard Bland (67), Belgium’s Thomas Pieters (67) and 21-year-old American amateur Michael Thorbjornsen (64).

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