Reed wins as Australians achieve goals
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 Wyndham Championship | Wrap | 19 Aug 2013
American Patrick Reed has won his first PGA Tour event with a playoff victory over rookie Jordan Spieth at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, Reed producing a birdie at the second extra hole.
Both players, rookies on the PGA Tour in 2013, have now won in their first season, highlighting their significant potential, Spieth in particular a standout although Reed has begun to put together several very good tournaments of late even before this week.
Reed played 12 events on the PGA Tour in 2012, either by invite or Monday qualifying, and although inexperienced at the time he made the cut in seven. He was however required to tackle the PGA Tour School late last year where he scrapped through to finish 22nd and gain full playing rights this season.
The pair had today tied at 14 under par, two ahead of Brian Harman and John Huh, Reed recovering from what appeared to be a costly late bogey.
On a day and on a golf course where only two of the leading 37 players would not break par on day four, low scoring has not only been the order of the day but the order of the week.
Matt Jones was the leading Australian when he recorded a final round of 62 to move into a share of 5th continuing his best ever season on the PGA Tour, this finish likely to take his earnings past the US$1.4 million mark.
Steven Bowditch, John Senden and Alistair Presnell were the next best in 29th position, Bowditch’s final round of 67 moving him to 120th on the FedEx Cup points table and securing his tenure on the PGA Tour in 2014.
Presnell’s effort keeps him inside the top 200 and assures him of a start in the Web.Com Tour finals where a finish inside the top 50 will regain his playing rights for 2014.
Two other Australians who needed a good tournament this week, Stuart Appleby and Greg Chalmers, did enough to stay inside the all important top 125 on the FedEx Cup points table and will not only remain on the PGA Tour next season, they will get the chance to play the first of the FedEx Cup series at the Barclays next week.