Patrick Reed led by seven shots going into the final round of the Humana Challenge, and held off a surging field to claim his second career PGA Tour victory. Reed’s one-under 71 was good enough to beat Ryan Palmer by two shots. Reed finished at 28-under total (63-63-63-71).
After playing three different courses over three days, the players were back at the PGA West Palmer Course for the final round. Reed started the tournament with a nine-under 63 at the Palmer Course, and followed up with two more 63s at La Quinta Country Club and the PGA West Nicklaus Course. The three straight 63s (27-under) set the PGA Tour record for the lowest 54-hole score in relation to par.
The final round was not as smooth as the first three, but Reed got the job done. When he bogied the fifth and seventh holes, he answered with birdies on the sixth and eighth to make the turn at one-under 35. On the back nine, Reed bogied the tenth and twelfth holes, but managed birdies on the eleventh and fifteenth to shoot even-par 36.
After Ryan Palmer eagled the final hole to get to 26-under total, Reed only led by two strokes as he played the eighteenth. He made the smart choice of laying up on the par-five, and two-putted for the victory.
Reed will be back in action on Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. I will be providing in-depth coverage of the Farmers all week for FanSided.com. Stay tuned for a Torrey Pines South Course preview and much more!
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