Reed stays patient to secure Barclays victory
American Patrick Reed shot a one-under 70 in the final round of the Barclays to win by a shot over Sean O’Hair and Emiliano Grillo. The victory was the fifth of the 26-year-old’s career but his first since the beginning of 2015.
Reed, 26, moved from seventh in the FedEx Cup points standing to the top spot and secured an automatic spot on the US Ryder Cup team.
“It’s been frustrating,” said Reed. “We all enter these golf tournaments to win golf tournaments. We’re not showing up just to make cuts and slide by. Everyone that’s playing golf tournaments are trying to go out and win the thing.”
Starting a shot behind overnight leader Rickie Fowler, Reed was slow out of the blocks missing birdies on the first two holes yet moved on Fowler with a birdies on the par 5, 4th, before overtaking Fowler over the closing nine.
“There was a couple times when I was out there and I was like, well, maybe we can go ahead and do this and we’re like, no, stick to what you’ve written down and what the game plan is, because that’s what’s worked,” said Reed.
“We stuck with it and it just shows, being patient will definitely give you the rewards. I was very patient this week, and I mean, that’s why I’m sitting here.”
Patrick Reed WITB
- Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 DBD (9º)
- Fairway: Callaway XR 16 Pro (18º)
- Irons: PXG 0311 black finish (3), Callaway X Forged ’13 (4), Callaway MB1 (5-PW)
- Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (52-10 T, 56-11 T), Titleist Vokey SM6 (61º)
- Putter: Odyssey White Hot RX #2 (with custom sight line)
- Ball: Chrome Soft Golf Ball
For Fowler, 27, it was the fourth time in his PGA Tour career that he had at least a share of the lead going into the final round, but he’s yet to convert, having never shot better than 73.
Playing the last four holes in three over, with a double bogey on the 16th, Fowler shot a 74 and finished T7, three shots back. In a double blow the result meant that Fowler failed to move into the top eight automatic qualifiers for the Ryder Cup.
“I just made a couple of bad swings at the wrong time,” Fowler said, adding, “It was a disappointing back nine.”
Earlier Fowler had played impeccable golf through 10 holes, collecting a birdie at the par-5 4th hole where he made a 5 metre putt to take the lead at 10-under. Yet the blunders over the closing nine did the damage for Fowler.
“This is about as tough a test as you get and I did great the first 10 holes,” said Fowler, who also took bogey at the 18th. “I didn’t swing the way I needed or drive the ball the way I needed to coming in.”
The defending champion and world No. 1 player, Jason Day, who had the shot of the day with a 20 metre downhill birdie putt that broke about 7 metres from right to left on the 15th, tied for 4th alongside Adam Scott and Gary Woodland at 7-under.
John Senden was the next best Aussie finishing in a tie for 31st at even, whilst Marc Leishman missed the cut along with Aaron Baddeley.
All the Aussies have secured starts in this week’s Deutsche Bank championship based on their FedEx Cup rankings.