Patrick Reed believes he belongs among the best in the world. He beat them all Sunday in the Cadillac Championship.
Dressed in a red shirt that he always wears in the final round — with Tiger Woods in the group ahead of him — Reed made back-to-back birdies early on the front nine to build a big lead and showed off a great short game when the pressure was building on the new Blue Monster at Doral in Florida.
Equipped with a 2-shot lead, the 23-year-old Texan played the final hole conservatively. He two-putted for bogey and closed with an even-par 72 for a 1-shot victory over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson of Wales.
Reed became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship, his third win in his last 14 tournaments.
Woods’ 78 was his worst Sunday score ever.
Reed is expected to go to No. 20 in the world ranking. In his own ranking, he feels he belongs in the top five. He cited an amateur career that includes going 6-0 in matches to lead Augusta State to two NCAA titles, followed by three PGA Tour wins in seven months.
Watson went bogey-free over the final 27 holes, a strong performance on the overhauled Trump National Doral. He closed with a 68. Donaldson had a 70.
Reed finished at 4- under 284, matching the highest winning score at Doral. Mark McCumber won at 284 in 1985. Reed, Donaldson and Watson were the only players to finish under par.
Puerto Rico Open
Chesson Hadley won the Puerto Rico Open for his first PGA Tour victory, holding off Danny Lee by 2 strokes in wind gusting to 25 mph. Making his 13th PGA Tour start, the 26-year-old Hadley birdied the final two holes at Trump International for a 5-under 67. Lee birdied three of the last four holes for a 68.
Ben Martin shot a 66 to finish third at 17 under.
Canada’s Adam Hadwin won the Chile Classic for his first Web.com Tour title, birdieing the final two holes for a 1-stroke victory over Australia’s Alistair Presnell. Hadwin shot a 3-under 69 at Prince of Wales Country Club for a 16-under 272 total. Presnell eagled the par-5 18th for a 68.
South Korea’s Sung Joon Park, Sweden’s Henrik Norlander and American Kyle Reifers tied for third at 13 under.