Patrick Reed Comes Out on Top in Mexico
Mexico City – Patrick Reed (-18) put together an excellent final round when the other contenders could not. Reed fired a final round 67 to beat Bryson DeChambeau by one. He entered the day tied with Erik Van Rooyen one shot back of Justin Thomas and at the end of the day claimed his 8th PGA Tour victory and second WGC title.
DeChambeau looked primed for victory, holding a two stroke lead for much of the day after 54-hole leader Justin Thomas repeatedly put himself out of position and paid for it with a 2-over round of 73, but was unable to close it out, making bogey on 17 while Reed birdied 3 of his last 4 holes. Thomas finished T6 at -13 alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Tyrrell Hatton.
Jon Rahm and Erik Van Rooyen finished T3 three back of Reed at -15 while Rory McIlroy finished in solo fifth place at 14.
The golf course is unlike any other that PGA Tour golfers will play this year, thanks to its narrow, tree-lined driving areas and much-discussed more-than-mile-high altitude that causes the ball to fly 20% farther. The playing surfaces were also quite a bit firmer than your average PGA Tour venue. All of those factors combined meant that many players struggled to go low during the no cut event, with some of the world’s best failing to break par.
Many of the PGA Tour players who did not qualify for the WGC event played the Puerto Rico Open, where Viktor Hovland made a long putt on his 72nd hole to claim his first career PGA Tour win with a one-stroke lead over Josh Teater. Hovland won the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach and golf fans have been eagerly awaiting his first PGA Tour victory. Now, fans will eagerly watch to see what’s next for Hovland.
Next week, the PGA Tour begins its Florida swing at the Honda Classic at PGA National. Keith Mitchell will defend his title there against a field that includes players such as Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, and Sungjae Im.
Patrick Reed What’s In The Bag
Hybrid: Callaway Apex 18° (Aldila RIP Phenom 100X)
Irons: Titleist T100 3 iron, Grindworks Reed Prototype Blades 4-W (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Wedges: Artisan Prototype 51°, Titleist Vokey SM7 56°, 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Viktor Hovland What’s In The Bag
Putter: Ping PLD Prototype
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