Patrick Reed ends title drought at Northern Trust

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 14, 2019

Patrick Reed is finally being rewarded with good scores, and he hopes it can be enough to turn around his season.

Patrick Reed loves himself a brawl, and while he avoided the one that almost took place off the course, he came out on top of the one that happened at Liberty National Golf Club on Sunday afternoon.

From the opening tee shot on Sunday, Reed's final-group pairing with Ancer - who with his second-place finish secured a maiden spot on the global team to become the first Mexican to do so - felt like a sneak preview of this year's Presidents Cup, with spectators cheering for both players. He was part of the U.S. Presidents Cup team that smote Europe on this same course in the fall of 2017 and won the Northern Trust when it was played at Bethpage Black on Long Island in 2015.

The American was growing increasingly frustrated with his game and results as he went through a lengthy drought. Never mind that Reed mostly played lousily, and that Woods was coming off his emotional victory at the Tour Championship, his game also suffered, and he had served as a mentor to Reed.

The harder he worked, the farther Patrick Reed felt he was falling behind. He finished at 16-under 268 and won for the seventh time on the PGA Tour. But I didn't want to just to focus on that. "I come out and I start hitting the ball where it's supposed to go". "I'm trying not to think about that that much".

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

Ancer closed with a two-under par 69 for 269.

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

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"We have the Statue of Liberty in the background, the Presidents Cup was here in "17, and hearing "Captain America" and 'USA" all week, it was definitely a good time to go ahead and get a 'W'". Harold Varner III and Spain's Jon Rahm came joint third on 14 under.

Adam Scott produced a final round 65 to move up to the fifth place at 13-under 271.

Ancer ended at -15, one back of the lead.

Johnson, twice a victor of this FedEx Cup playoffs opener, didn't make a birdie until the 10th hole, and then saw his round fall apart with four bogeys over the last six holes for a 74 that dropped him five shots behind.

After his first Major title, he followed up with a fourth place at the US Open but did not finish inside the top nine in his next six Major starts - and twice missed the cut.

There was nothing fancy from Reed but he just kept chipping away. He made that to finish alone in second, his best PGA Tour finish. Ancer's previous best was T4 in the 2018 Quicken Loans National and T4 at the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Scott can not drop out of the top 30 in the standings who qualify for the Tour Championship even though there is still one event before the Atlanta, Georgia finale - the BMW Championship in Chicago. Wyndham Clark's T18 helped him move from 90th to 68th and Joaquin Niemann found the edge moving from 74th to 70th with a T30 in The Northern Trust. "But the biggest thing for me was just to put that behind me and just focus on the golf I'm playing because, at the end of the day, if you play good golf, that all takes care of itself". This marked his third appearance in THE NORTHERN TRUST but first start at Liberty National. He got within two shots when he holed a bunker shot at No. 12 and eventually settled for a 67 that featured only 21 putts. Entered final round 193 in Sunday scoring average (73.00). But both turned into birdies (Holes 1 and 5).

PGA TOUR rookie and victor of the Sanderson Farms Championship this season Cameron Champ (T21/-8) posted a pair of sub-70 scores on the weekend (66-69) for the first time since 2018 The RSM Classic (66-69).

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