With his wife on the bag, tour rookie Patrick Reed upset rookie phenom, Jordan Spieth in a playoff at The Wyndham Championship on Sunday afternoon at Sedgefield Country Club for his first career win. He joins a full crop of youngsters who have moved into the limelight with a PGA victory in 2013. The 23 year-old Reed battled the weather, and a group of veterans trying to secure positions and status for next season along with a chance at the FedEx Cup playoffs which will begin Thursday at The Barclay’s.
I always love it when new people get a chance to get in the winners circle. Patrick Reed was already qualified for playoff action, but has bettered his position in the standings to 22nd. He will not have to split his winner’s check with his caddie’s usual 10% cut, on second thought, his wife(who is his caddie) will undoubtedly get her share of the $954,000 winner’s check.
Reed shot a final round 66 on Sunday afternoon, but it was the bogey he picked up at the 16th hole that dropped him into a tie with Jordan Spieth and forced the playoff. Both players ended regulation play at 14 under par and two shots clear of the field. The youngster made a birdie on the second playoff hole(number 10) to secure the victory.
Jordan Spieth was attempting to make some history of his own by getting his second win in his rookie season. He also made only one bogey during the final round, that coming at number one. The young phenom shot a 65 on the day to get into the playoff, and although he didn’t win, will start the playoffs in 8th place. Not bad for a guy who had to win the John Deere Classic to validate his chances to play in the year-end final events.
Patrick Reed was born in San Antonio, Texas, and makes his home in Spring, Texas. He went to college at the University of Georgia, and Augusta State University. He will play in all of the majors next year, including an invitation back to Augusta in April as a player instead of a spectator.