Reed cruises to ninth career PGA title at Torrey Pines
Patrick Reed shook off a third-round rules controversy and held off Norway’s Viktor Hovland over the back nine on Sunday to win the US PGA Farmers Insurance Open.
The 2018 Masters champion fired eight pars and a closing birdie on the back nine while rivals faltered to capture his ninth career US PGA victory, shooting a four-under par 68 for a five-stroke triumph — the largest winning margin of his career.
“The biggest thing is I was mentally strong through the whole round,” Reed said. “My wedge and my putter were working pretty well today and allowed me to have an easy stroll up 18.”
World number 11 Reed finished 72 holes on 14-under 274 at Torrey Pines, where the US Open is set to be staged in June.
Sharing second on 279 were Hovland, Sweden’s Henrik Norlander and Americans Tony Finau, Ryan Palmer and Xander Schauffele.
Reed was embroiled in a rules controversy Saturday over an embedded ball at the 10th hole where officials deemed he acted properly.
A similar call was made on an embedded ball situation Saturday involving Rory McIlroy at 18, with the PGA Tour saying Sunday that both players acted properly.
With memories of past rules issues adding to the cloud over Reed, he shook off critics to leave no doubt who was the week’s superior golfer.
“My biggest takeaway is mentally I hung in there and stayed to the course,” Reed said.
“I felt fine. I felt great throughout the day. I wouldn’t have felt any other way. I was able to go out there and get the job done.”
On Sunday, Reed called over a rules official regarding a ball that moved slightly on the par-3 16th green as he replaced it after marking. He was allowed to replace it where marked and two-putted from 14 feet for par…..read more