Patrick Reed saw his chances of winning the U.S. Open disappear on Saturday, when he had a disastrous back nine that included six bogeys.
Patrick Reed grabbed the early lead at the U.S. Open on Saturday. However, he saw that lead, and then some, dissipate on what turned out to be an awful back nine.
Reed started his round with a par on the first hole. He then recorded a birdie on the par-4 second hole. At the time, he had a three-shot lead on the field and appeared to be in a good position.
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He slipped back a bit with a bogey on the par-3 third hole, but bounced right back with a birdie on the fourth, getting back in red figures. That lasted exactly one hole as Reed bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole to slip back to even par. Still, he was in the lead.
However, as Matthew Wolff continued to make birdies on his front nine, Reed was making pars at the sixth, seventh and eighth holes. He closed his front nine with a birdie at the par-5 ninth hole to shoot a 1-under par 34 on his first nine.
Then, the wheels came off. And Reed seemed powerless to make it stop. It started with a bogey on the 10th hole as Reed slipped back to even par on the day and 4-under for the championship.
It would only get worse from there.
Reed would double bogey the par-4 11th hole to go to 2-over on the day and 2-under for the championship. He would have a disappointing par on the par-5 12th hole, missing an opportunity to make up some of the ground he had lost at 10 and 11.
Reed continued to go in the wrong direction from there. He would bogey the 13th hole, then the 14th to go to 4-over on the day and even par for the championship. At that point, he had gone from a three-shot lead to trailing by five in the span of 12 holes.
On the 15th hole, Reed was unable to stop the bleeding. He notched his third bogey in a row, slipping to 5-over on his Saturday round.
Reed would par the 16th hole, but on 17, he suffered yet another bogey. Then on the 18th hole, he closed his round with yet another bogey. That gave Reed six bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine. Altogether, it was an 8-over par 43 on the back nine and an 18-hole total of 77.
Reed is seen as a villain on the PGA Tour by some. It’s certain that those folks were relishing in his demise on this Saturday.