Second-year PGA Tour player, Patrick Reed didn’t have a great day with the flat stick on Saturday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but he was able to get into the clubhouse at the Trump International Doral Blue Monster with a -3 under par 69. After surviving the mini-hurricane on Friday with minimal damage, Reed will take a two shot lead into Sunday’s finale’ and will play in the final group just behind the defending champ, Tiger Woods.
In three rounds on the new Gil Hanse design at Doral, Reed has managed to keep his ball out of the one place where you can’t play the next shot, the water hazards. With a record amount of balls in the water this week, Patrick has only carded one double bogey in three rounds. That’s testament to the youngster’s maturity, and ability to manage his game in less than stellar conditions.
Reed carded one bogey and one eagle on the front nine and made the turn at one under par. He managed two birdies to start the backside, and traded strokes with a bogey at 15 and getting it back with birdie at 16. A three under score put him two strokes up on a couple of veteran players. 2012 Accenture Match Play Champion, Hunter Mahan, and 2013 PGA Champ, Jason Dufner.
When Reed tees it up on Sunday, he will have his work cut out, and just ahead. The 2013 Cadillac Champ, Tiger Woods will be in the group just ahead. Tiger shot the low score of the day on Saturday, and if he show up healthy, has to be a concern for the youngster.
“That’s fine. I’ve seen Tiger a lot on the driving range. Never had the opportunity to play with him and I still haven’t been able to play with him,” Reed said. “Whenever he’s close to the lead, he’s a guy you have to watch out for. But at the same time, I have to go and just play my own game.”
The 23 year-old Texan had an impressive win last year at The Wyndham against a pretty good field to go along with his win earlier this season at the Humana challenge, but this is a world-class field with 50 of the best players on the planet who are chasing. Both wins came with the 54 hole lead, so history is on his side.
“If you have a 54-hole lead, that means you’re playing the best golf of the group through three rounds,” he said. “Tomorrow is Sunday, but at the same time, it’s another round of golf. … We’ve won twice since August. We’ve played great. And if I continue doing what I’m supposed to be doing, come Sunday afternoon, hopefully we’re holding the trophy.”
Patrick Reed is a quality young player on the PGA Tour, and will test his mettle today. He is currently in 10th position on the FedEx Cup list, and a win today would vault him into second place. A nice place to be as we head into the Masters next month where I think that with his length, and shot-making ability, could make a legitimate run at a Green Jacket.
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