Patrick Reed defeated Jimmy Walker in a play-off at the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions to move to 14th in the world ranking
Patrick Reed defeated Jimmy Walker in a play-off at the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions to move to 14th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The American shot a final-round 67 at Kapalua’s Plantation Course to take the tournament to extra holes after Walker failed to birdie the par-5 18th.
On the first play-off hole, the 18th, Walker’s heavy-handed third went through the green and Reed hole his 18-foot birdie putt to land his fourth PGA Tour title.
Only four players – Reed, Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Sergio Garcia – have won four PGA Tour titles before their 25th birthday.
With four holes to go, though, that scenario looked extremely unlikely, with the 24-year-old four shots behind Walker.
But he birdied 15, holed out for eagle at 16 and offset a bogey at 17 with a two-putt birdie at 18.
Walker, meanwhile, struggled on the back nine, and came home in level-par to tie Reed’s 21-under-par clubhouse total.
Jason Day, who started the final round eight shots off the lead, compiled a course record-equalling 62 to miss out on the play-off by one shot, as did Russell Henley, whose valiant five-birdie finish wasn’t quite enough.
Earlier in the day, Chris Kirk, who started the final round in last place, shot a 11-under-par 62 to set a new record and move to 14th on the leaderboard.
Despite those phenomenal rounds, the plaudits belong to Reed, who isn’t too far away from becoming a top-five player.
“My confidence levels are really high, it’s been a great calendar year,” said the Texan.
“But at the same time I need to keep working at my game, tighten up some things and continue moving forward.
“Everyone gets on a hit streak – the main thing is to stay consistent and keep moving forward.”
Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Plantation Course, Kapalua, Hawaii
Jan 9-12, purse $5,700,000, par 73
1) Patrick Reed – 67-69-68-67 = 271 $1,140,000
2) Jimmy Walker – 67-68-67-69 = 271 $665,000
T3) Jason Day – 70-69-71-62 = 272 $332,666.67
T3) Russell Henley – 65-70-70-67 = 272 $332,666.67
T3) Hideki Matsuyama – 70-66-66-70 = 272 $332,666.67
6) Sang-Moon Bae – 66-69-69-70 = 274 $213,000
7) Zach Johnson – 68-67-73-67 = 272 $190,000
T8) Robert Streb – 67-69-71-69 = 276 $175,000
T8) Brendon Todd – 69-67-69-71 = 272 $175,000
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