Patrick Reed delivers clutch putts to win FedEx Cup opener

Ross Houston
August 14, 2019

He moved into second, behind Brooks Koepka, in the projected FedEx Cup standings. He is in danger of being left off a USA team for the first time since his rookie season in 2013.

With the NY skyline in the distance, Patrick Reed, left, and Abraham Ancer look at their prospective putts on the 14th green at the Northern Trust golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J.

"It's been a little too long", said Reed, whose last victory was the 2018 Masters.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., was the top Canadian at 8 under after posting a final round of 2-under 69. Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., is at 4 under, while Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., and Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, Ont., are at 2 under. But there was no stopping Reed, whose 10-day break has brought Captain America back to life. It was not a shot somebody out of control of his irons could hit. He is No. 69 in the FedEx Cup, and a strong finish this week could help salvage his season with a trip to East Lake for the FedEx Cup finale. Even his beloved Captain America persona suffered from his poor Ryder Cup showing and subsequent attempts to pin the blame on skipper Jim Furyk and frequent playing partner Woods.

Reed made his three-footer on the 18th to secure victory, with Ancer settling for second.

The Open champion (32) was in danger of falling outside the top 30 in the standings who will progress to the Tour Championship after this week's BMW Championship in Chicago.

Reed was part of the US Presidents Cup team that triumphed at Liberty National in 2017.

"When I finished, I was a little down because I didn't get it done and I feel like I played good", Ancer said.

"This is a good start", he remembered thinking. Danny Willett, starting the day only three shots off the lead shot a four-over-par 74 to sadly fall out of contention for the competition but also out of the rankings to play at Medinah.

Brandt Snedeker had a pair of eagles in his round of 63 that left him two shots behind, along with Jon Rahm of Spain, who had a 69.

Rahm moved into the lead with three birdies in four holes on the front nine, further birdies came at the 12th and 13th and the Spaniard looked set for victory. He is certain to make the Tour Championship. He won this event three years ago at Bethpage Black, and then hit a drought before winning the Masters in 2018. He would birdie four of the last six holes to stay under par for the tournament, finishing the week on three under par in tie for 52nd place.

Golf ball on a white tee. He did that last Sunday and closed with a 63 at the Wyndham Championship, and then followed with rounds of 66-66-67.

"Actually, I don't like links courses, but after this week, I love them", said Hur, whose neon yellow waterproofs were decorated with the slogan "Win at all costs".

DeChambeau defended himself, saying: "When people start talking to me about slow play and how I'm killing the game, I'm doing this and that to the game, that is complete and utter you-know-what. I have a clear picture on what I'm trying to do and all of a sudden, I come out and I start hitting the ball where it's supposed to go", Reed said. He improves his President's Cup odds but still has work to do.

Reed has played for every US team dating to 2014. The top eight players are automatic qualifiers.

Fans at the course in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty welcomed him back with enthusiasm. "Just to be back here and be playing some solid golf and finally have it paying off".

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