Patrick Reed leads Hero World Challenge with Tiger Woods six shots back

Ross Houston
December 7, 2019

Patrick Reed is the latest player to find himself caught up in a rules debacle after the former Masters champion was hit with a two-stroke penalty at the Hero World Challenge.

But he acknowledged that he moved sand with both practice swings and therefore violated the rules.

"It was in a full footprint and I felt my club was that far behind the ball when I was taking a practice swing", Reed said.

I think with a different camera angle they would have saw it was not improving the lie as I was far enough away from the golf ball.

Slugger White, PGA Tour vice-president of rules and competitions, said the matter was clear cut.

White said Reed could "not have been more of a gentleman" as he accepted the punishment.

Defending champion Jon Rahm is just four back after he was also six under for the second day, the Spaniard joining Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson on eight under, but Justin Rose lost ground on the leader after a bogey-bogey finish to his 70.

Reed, who bogeyed the 12th, had recovered with birdies on 14 and 15 and after a bogey at 16 birdied the last.

US Open champion Woodland was at even par on the day after 15 holes but capped his round in style with three consecutive birdies. He could have taken sole possession of the lead or at least tied but bogeyed the par-four 18th.

Among them, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed, are all within three shots of his lead and could make up that deficit easily.

Woods, the tournament host, signed off with a rare birdie at the 18th here as he carded a 67 to sit ominously placed.

Reed was just one under for the round after a steady first eight holes, but he then reeled off three straight birdies around the turn before picking up further shots at 14 and 15, although he did lose momentum with a dropped shot at the 16th.

A 20-foot putt to save par on the 10th ignited his challenge, and Woods' putter came to the fore on the 11th when he drained another 20-footer for a birdie.

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