I had thought we were done with the 2014 US Open, but Patrick Reed shoots even par on Saturday at The Quicken Loans National and extends his lead to two shots at the very difficult Blue Course on Congressional. His co-leaders going into moving day didn’t fare as well with only 13 players on the course under par on Saturday.
Patrick Reed was able to hold serve on Saturday, carding an even-par 71 on the historic layout that will put the 23 year-old Texan in the final group on Sunday and have him looking for his third win on the season.
It would be his fourth win since winning at The Wyndham last August.
Reed has missed a lot of cuts since his victory at Doral including the Masters, but worked in a T35 at Pinehurst sandwiched in between missed cuts.
Reed has proven to be tough when he gets to Sunday with a share of the lead, and I expect him to be dressed in Tiger Woods Red, and tough to beat today.
Not unlike Woods, Reed is fearless on the golf course and confident off it. He’s particularly impressed with the latter.
“Every time he walks, every time he speaks or anything he does on the golf course, he looks like he’s confident in himself and he works hard at it,” Reed said.
Reed will undoubtedly be paired with South Korean, Seung-Yul Noh, who had a legitimate run on Saturday with a 5-under par 66 on the tough layout. Noh is two shots back in a tie with Freddie Jacobson, and second round co-leader, Marc Leishman.
Leishman struggled on Saturday, but got into the clubhouse with a two-over par 73 to stay two back. His playing partner, and fellow Aussie, 20 year-old Oliver Goss didn’t fare as well on Moving Day, and fell into a tie for 15th after posting a 76.
“I’m pretty happy with the position I’m in to be honest,” Leishman said. “Not a whole lot of attention. Obviously it’s still the second to last group but not in the spotlight.”
If Patrick Reed doesn’t hit the ground running on Sunday afternoon, he will have a huge pack of pretty good players at three under par including 2013 US Open Champ, Justin Rose running him down.
Rose is another player who shot even par on Saturday, and moved up six positions on the leaderboard.
After missing the cut on Friday evening, Tiger Woods has said he won’t be around on Sunday to hand out the trophy, citing that he will be taking his kids on vacation. We probably won’t see Tiger again until the Open Championship at Hoylake next month.