Reed Strikes First in Fedex Cup Playoffs - Wins at Liberty National PDF Print E-mail


Patrick Reed celebrates after winning the Northern Trust at Liberty National

Jersey City, New Jersey - It's been awhile since Patrick Reed won a big

event, April of 2018 to exact - the Masters at Augusta National. He's

battled back this season after some well documented swing issues.


Reed's strong finish on Sunday offset a shaky start, holding off Abraham

Ancer by one shot (after finishing with a final round 69 for a winning score

of 16 under par) and two over Jon Rahm and Harold Varner III.


"It was a grind out there today, that's for sure," Reed said. "Felt amazing

being back in that position, having a chance to go into Sunday with the



It was just a few months ago that his wife Justine made a mayday call to

bring in David Leadbetter at the Valspar Championship to aid Reed with

his failing tee to green game. "To have those kind of long droughts is

not fun," Reed said. "I feel like the longer that time period is in between

wins, it just makes it tougher. I was pushing too hard and was trying harder

to win and all of a sudden it was going in the wrong direction. My team

was smart enough to tell me to back off, shut it down and reset and get

clear, because we can finish the year right."


And right he has, jumping from 50th to 2nd in the standings after the

first of three Fedex Cup Playoff events. The victory guarantees him a spot

in the 30 player Tour Championship finale at East Lake.


World No.1 Brooks Koepka remains in the top spot in the standings, with

Reed and Rory McIlroy closing the gap as the tour heads to Chicago for

the BMW Championship at Medinah.