Stepping onto the tee on 15, Jimmy Walker seemed to be in pretty good shape. Up four shots over Patrick Reed with four to play he had two par 5s ahead of him and seemed to be poised to complete the “Hawaiian Slam”.
Reed wasn’t willing to let that happen though, at least not without a fight.
He played his final four holes in 3-under including two birdies and an eagle when he holed his approach shot from 80 yards out on the par 4 16th. Playing in the group ahead of Walker though he had to wait and see if it would be enough to get into a playoff.
Walker missed his birdie putt on 18 and all of a sudden, College Football wasn’t the only sport with a prime time Monday night playoff.
That missed birdie putt by Walker on 18 appeared to foreshadow what would come in the playoff as well as once again on 18 he had to make a birdie putt to extend the playoff. He missed and watched as Reed drained an 18 footer to win for the fourth time on the PGA Tour.
”It was there for me to win,” Walker said. ”It was a bummer I didn’t close the door on it.”
The win, which was Reed’s first since his infamous “top 5 comment” win at Doral last year, puts him in a group with some pretty elite company. Reed becomes just the fourth player to get to four wins before his 25th birthday, joining Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy, and Sergio Garcia.
If you think the pressure of being in that group or continuing to be successful on the course is going to get to him, well think again.
“I don’t know why, but I just love when the pressure is on,” Reed said after the win. “It gets me fired-up and focused and I cannot wait to hit the next shot or the next putt. It’s an awesome feeling when you get the job done. And then you can’t wait to do it all over again.”
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