It wasn’t quite the historic scoring rampage that it looked like it could be through three rounds, but one thing is for sure: Patrick Reed is going to sleep just a little bit better than usual tonight, now that he’s got the trophy from the Humana Challenge to add to his collection.
After his three straight rounds of 63 to find himself at a whopping 27-under-par, it wasn’t unreasonable to think that some PGA Tour history might be taking place this weekend. We’d already seen holes-in-one and birdie streaks aplenty, and Reed had a chance to come full-circle on the same course he’d started this hot week on, PGA West‘s Palmer course. Unfortunately, reality hit, and a few poorly-timed birdies set him back, even if he had the cushion to work with.
“To have a day where I felt like I had probably about my C or D game and still shoot under par, and to close off a victory, that means a lot to me,” Reed told reporters in an interview posted to the Tour’s official site.
Life is pretty good for the 23-year-old in his second full year on Tour. At one point last year, he went four straight weeks without making a cut, but he survived all the trials you could go through, and now he’s a two-time winner in the last six months, with at least a little more security in store for a future that includes a baby girl with his wife and occasional caddie, Justine, coming soon.
This most recent win should move Reed into the top ten in the early 2014 FedEx Cup standings, and will likely earn him a spot in the Accenture Match Play before he makes his Masters debut in April, in the same town he played his college golf. Reed could be one of those sneaky-good guys that doesn’t get a lot of attention, until he’s already beaten you, that is.