Former Augusta State All-American Patrick Reed drained a seven-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff Sunday afternoon to win the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club and claim his first PGA TOUR title.
Reed, 23, who led the Jaguars to NCAA Division I National Championships in 2010 and 2011, defeated Jordan Spieth when he rolled in the winning putt on the 10th hole, a 440-yard, slight dogleg-left, uphill par 4. From 167 yards out and in the woods right of the fairway, Reed punched a low, three-quarter 7-iron to avoid a limb after Spieth had just hit his approach to within 10 feet.
“It was the best shot of my life,” Reed said of his approach into the 10th. “I had trees. I had a tree (limb) overhanging. I couldn’t see the flag. I saw the two blue towers behind the green. It was a three-quarter 7-iron. It was a full 8-iron distance but if I try to hit something hard that thing would have gone left. We clubbed up one and I pulled it off.”
Playing in the final group, Reed fired a final-round, 4-under 66 for a 72-hole total of 14-under 266 and finished regulation tied with Spieth, who finished one group ahead. Both players parred the first playoff hole at No. 18, with Reed missing a birdie putt from eight feet.
On the second playoff hole, the 10th, Spieth’s 10-foot birdie effort just slid by on the high side of the cup, leaving Reed with a seven-footer for the win. Reed, a two-time All-American in 2010 and 2011 for the Jags, sank the putt and celebrated with his wife and caddie, Justine.
With the victory, he became the fourth first-time winner in the last five years at the Wyndham Championship. He earned $954,000 for the win and easily went over the $1 million mark in earnings for the season. The win also gives Reed a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR and qualifies him for the 2014 Masters Tournament.
Reed moved up to No. 22 on the FedEx Cup points list and is guaranteed a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs in at least The Barclays, the Deutsche Bank Championship, and BMW Championship. He will likely earn a spot in the field at the season-ending TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
Fellow former Jaguar All-American Henrik Norlander enjoyed a nice week as well, tying for 16th on the strength of a final-round, 4-under 66.