Patrick Reed and Ex-Caddy Justine Reed Have already Picked the Name for Their Unborn Baby Girl, Windsor Wells

It can’t be bad luck to announce the name you have picked for the baby girl you are expecting. With ex-caddy Justine Reed sidelined because she is pregnant with the couple’s first child, Patrick Reed won the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral by two strokes over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson.

This is my second post about a golfer and a baby. Told his wife was about to give birth, Hunter Mahon leading the RBC Canadian Open by 5 strokes on Saturday afternoon, gave up an excellent chance to win $1,000,000. He walked off the course, flew home and arrived just in time to witness the birth of his daughter, Zoe Olivia.

Luckily for the Reeds, Justine isn’t due until May, so the idea of walking away from a prize of $1,530,000 never crossed the Reeds’ minds.

I didn’t expect The New York Times Sports Section to provide any information about the source or inspiration for the name, so let’s skip those details. More important, Windsor Wells Reed is an unusually alliterative and euphonious name that shows the Reeds have invested time and thought in the process of picking a winning name. It has the ring of British royalty and whether Wells is a family name or a reference to oil wells the couple hope to buy with the winnings from the Cadillac Challenge, it’s a rare celebrity name that’s a pleasure to say out loud. It’s right up there with the euphonious name of American Idle winner, Kris Allen’s son, Oliver Neil Allen.

That said, Windsor is a rather formal and formidable name for a baby girl (under the age of 75) to carry, but happily nicknames like Windy and Winnie are both cute and cuddly.

Hunter Mahon Walked Away from $1 Million to Attend the Birth of His Daughter

I was watching the RBC Canadian Open (golf tournament) on Saturday afternoon when a dramatic and touching moment occurred. Hunter Mahan was 13-under par, on top of the leaderboard by 5 strokes. Suddenly he got a call from his wife who was going into labor. I imagine she asked him if he could join her in hospital for the big moment, if at all possible.

Mahon walked away from a big lead in a prestigious tournament (with a $1 million dollar check for the winner) and flew back to the hospital in time to join his wife for the birth of their baby girl, Zoe Olivia (very early on Sunday morning)–what is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The birth was announced on Sunday when the tournament resumed. Mahon received high praise for flying home to be with his wife a sentiment shared by the viewing audience and the golfers whose chances of winning had suddenly improved.

More good news: The Mahons picked a cute name that should wear well for their daughter. Zoe is a lovely Greek name that means “life.” It’s ranked in the top-35, but it’s not so popular that Zoe’s friends will share the same name. Olivia is an extremely popular name, but it’s also an elegant name that goes well with Zoe and Mahon for use on formal occasions.

It was a pleasure to watch Hunter do the right thing by pulling out of the tournament on Saturday and to learn, on Sunday, that everything had turned out so well for him and his family.

Even though Brant Snedeker won the prize money, Hunter and Kandi Mahon came out ahead–sharing an experience that money can’t buy. But I’d very be surprised if they don’t receive an extremely generous baby-shower gift from the Snedekers.