Doral tamed by Reed

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Patrick Reed managed to keep calm down the final stretch to win the WGC – Cadillac Championship by one shot. Reed had sat on 4 under par just two shots ahead of second place, but a level par round on the final day was enough to secure his second win of the 2014 season. This win is not only his second win this season but also his third win in fourteen starts making him a force to be reckoned with on the PGA tour.

Doral proved to be a tough test for many of the players with only three of which shooting under par for the tournament. The redesign of the Blue Monster course caused problems for all golfers but was silently tamed by Reed as he put on a display of pure talent. This win also made Reed the youngest ever golfer to win a World Golf Championship event at just 23 years old.

Reed had a four shot lead going to turn on the final round and looked to be in cruise control until the fourteenth where a bogey reduced his league and with Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Reed’s fellow American Bubba Watson closing the gap. Bubba was leading in the clubhouse at 3 under par, so all Reed needed to do was hold his nerves down the final stretch.

Reed had a two shot lead going down the 18th and was so cautious about his lead that he even played the last hole as a par 5. On the card the 18th is a par 4, but with a two shot lead, Reed positioned himself down the middle of the fairway with an iron off the tee and then laid up short of the green with his second shot. A simple chip on to the green and a comfortable two putt for bogey was enough to secure the win. Not a very stylish finish but nonetheless very effective.

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2 thoughts on “Doral tamed by Reed

  1. I think it’s such a shame that Tiger didn’t manage to hold on strong… He destroyed the course on Saturday, but it seems to me as if he can’t hold on during the final stages anymore. Still, good on Reed to hold on towards the end!

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