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Reed ends title drought at Northern Trust

News24
12 Aug 2019, 16:13 GMT+10

New York - Patrick Reed fired a two-under par 69 on Sunday to win the PGA Tour Northern Trust tournament, his first victory since his 2018 Masters triumph.

Reed's overnight lead at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, evaporated with back-to-back bogeys at the second and third holes.

But two back-nine birdies, at the 14th and 16th, were enough to lift the American to a seventh career title on 16-under 268 - one stroke in front of Mexico's Abraham Ancer.

"It's amazing," Reed said. "Just to be back here and be playing some solid golf and finally have it paying off.

"It's been awhile," he added. "It's been a little too long, honestly."

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

Fans at the course in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty welcomed him back with enthusiasm.

"Hearing 'Captain America' and 'USA' all week - it was a great time to get a W," Reed said.

Spain's Jon Rahm surged to the top of the leaderboard with three birdies in four holes on the front nine.

Birdies at 12 and 13 moved Rahm to 16-under, but he faded with bogeys at the 14th and 15th.

Reed, even for the day after three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine, rolled in an eight-footer at the 14th before draining a 10-footer to save par at 15, where he missed the green and pitched on.

He stuck his short approach shot four feet from the pin at 16 and rolled that in to give himself a two-stroke cushion.

The victory in the first of three events in the US tour's FedEx Cup playoffs moved Reed to second in the playoff standings going into the BMW Championship.

That means Reed, who was struggling enough less than three months ago that he took several weeks off to work on his game, is in prime position to challenge for the $15 million playoff purse that will be on offer at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Ancer closed with a two-under par 69 for 269. Rahm carded a 69 to share third on 270 with American Harold Varner, who signed for a 68.

Ancer's performance - his best finish on the PGA Tour bumped him from 67th in the playoff standings to eighth. He's certain to make the Tour Championship.

"When I finished, I was a little down because I didn't get it done and I feel like I played good," Ancer said. "But then getting all this news that I'm going to the Tour Championship, playing all the majors, going to Masters, all that, I was like, 'Man, this is not too bad.'"

Australian Adam Scott finished alone in fifth on 271, climbing up the leaderboard with a six-under 65.

Leading final round scores on Sunday at the US PGA Northern Trust tournament in Jersey City, New Jersey (par-71, USA unless noted):

268 - Patrick Reed 66-66-67-69

269 - Abraham Ancer (MEX) 67-65-68-69

270 - Harold Varner 67-67-68-68, Jon Rahm (ESP) 64-68-69-69

271 - Adam Scott (AUS) 68-69-69-65

272 - Jordan Spieth 67-64-74-67, Rory McIlroy 65-68-70-69, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 68-65-70-69, Brandt Snedeker 71-67-63-71

273 - Ian Poulter (ENG) 68-66-71-68, Justin Rose (ENG) 65-68-69-71

274 - Jason Kokrak 68-70-70-66, Andrew Putnam 69-64-74-67, Patrick Cantlay 70-67-70-67, Justin Thomas 67-68-71-68, Kevin Kisner 64-70-72-68, Troy Merritt 62-70-72-70

275 - Ryan Moore 68-72-67-68, Wyndham Clark 67-66-73-69, Webb Simpson 65-73-67-70

276 - Corey Conners (CAN) 66-71-70-69, Cameron Champ 71-70-66-69, Billy Horschel 72-67-67-70

277 - Kevin Tway 68-73-71-65, Adam Schenk 67-72-71-67, C.T. Pan (TPE) 68-67-72-70, Bryson DeChambeau 68-68-71-70, Dustin Johnson 63-67-74-73, Danny Willett (ENG) 66-70-66-75

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