American Patrick Reed scored the biggest victory of his career, taking the title at The Barclays on Sunday, the first leg of the FedEx Cup.
The victory also locked Reed into a spot on the US Ryder Cup team. “Everyone’s been talking about the Ryder Cup, been talking about, ‘Oh, you’re in the eighth spot and you’re on the bubble’ and all that,” Reed said after his one-shot victory. “If you go and win, it takes care of everything else. … It takes care of everything.”
In winning, he knocked Rickie Fowler out of that automatic group for the international showdown with only two weeks left to qualify. Fowler had been leading the Barclays but faded late with a bogey on No. 15 and a double-bogey on No. 16.
Fowler is now 0-for-4 in tournaments when he is leading after 54 holes.
The win broke a 55-tournament drought for Reed without a win. He finished 66-68-71-70 – 275 to win $1.53 million and take home 2,000 FedEd Cup points. American Sean O’Hair and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo finished tied for second, one stroke behind Reed.
O’Hair hasn’t won a PGA Tournament since 2011. Ironically he was in a playoff last year at the Valspar Championship with Jordan Spieth (the winner) and none other than Patrick Reed.
World No. 1 Jason Day finished tied for fourth at 7-under along with former No. 1 Adam Scott.
Fowler fell apart on the back nine Sunday with bogeys on 11 and 15, then a double-bogey on 16. He birdied 17 before another bogey on 18 dropped him to a 74 on the day.
Jordan Spieth, the defending FedEx Champion, finished tied for 10th at 5-under. The post-season series of tournaments continues on September 2-5 as TPC of Boston hosts the Deutsche Bank Championship. Fowler won it a year ago after Day took the Barclays during his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to surpass Spieth in the FedEx Cup Standings.