Wire-to-wire win for Reed
Patrick Reed became the youngest ever winner of a WGC event when he won the Cadillac Championship by one stroke on Sunday.
The 23-year-old carded a final round 72 to finish one stroke ahead of Jamie Donaldson (70) and Bubba Watson (68), who on three-under-par were the only other players to break par at Doral’s Blue Monster.
Following his impressive performance this week, the youngster believes he is currently one of the top five players in the world.
“I’ve worked so hard. I won a lot in junior career, did great things in amateur career, was 6-0 in match play at NCAA’s, won NCAA’s two years in a row… and now I have three wins out here on the PGA Tour,” Reed said after his final round on Sunday.
“To come out like this go wire to wire I feel like I proved myself.
“I hit the ball so good this week and my putting was outstanding.”
“I don’t see a lot of guys who have done that other than Tiger Woods and the legends of the game. I am one of the top five players in the world. I feel I have proven myself.”
On even par, three shots behind the second placed duo were Richard Sterne (71) and Dustin Johnson (72), while Stephen Gallacher (69), Thongchai Jaidee (68) and Bill Haas (71) were one stroke back at one over.
While Reed is over the moon with his latest victory, Woods experienced one of his worst Sundays of his illustrious career.
Defending champion Tiger Woods, who won at Doral for the seventh time in his career last year, struggled to a six-over 78 to finish on five-over for the event in a tie for 25th place.
The world number one and Jim Furyk – who struggled throughout the weekend and ended on 18-over – were the only two players who failed to card a single birdie on the day.
Woods started the final round only three shots behind the leaders, but bogeyed the third hole after a accidentally hitting a spectator with one of his drives before finding the water trap on the same hole.
The 14-time major winner did struggle with a back problem throughout the week, though, and admitted that it plagued him during his final round.
“I was just trying to keep the spasms at bay, but anything in flexion was done. The deeper the flexion, the worse it felt,” Woods said.
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