Reed inside top twenty with WGC victory
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 WGC Cadillac Championship | Wrap | 10 Mar 2014
Six months ago 23 year old Patrick Reed was no more than a promising rookie on the PGA Tour but today he has cemented his place amongst the game’s top level with his third PGA Tour victory in that time and as a result moves just inside the top twenty in the game.
Reed led the WGC Cadillac Championship virtually throughout to win by one over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson with Richard Sterne and Dustin Johnson three shots further back in a share of 4th position.
Reed appeared well in control early in his back nine but a combination of the demands of the redesigned Blue Monster layout and some fine play by both Donaldson and Watson saw the gap close to just two as the leader played the last. He would drop a shot at the last but he had done enough to earn the US$1,053,000 and take his season earnings beyond US$2.53 for season 2014.
Donaldson will rue the bogey he made at the last which eventually saw him miss by one although he will be delighted with the cheque for close to US$700,000 and advance his cause to play the PGA Tour. It will also assure the Welshman of playing the Ryder Cup later this year.
Scott Hend finished as the leading Australian in 16th position, a great result for the resurgent Queenslander, Adam Scott was 25th and Brett Rumford 66th after a tournament which started with an 11 at his opening hole on Thursday.
The PGA Tour now moves to the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor near Tampa in Florida.