Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Patrick Reed captures PGA Tour's Cadillac Championship

DORAL — From his first practice shot to his final stroke in shooting par 72, the man in red and black was dialed in Sunday at the World Golf Championships at Trump National Doral.

Patrick Reed had decided to adopt Tiger Woods' signature Sunday outfit after he took his first 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event, at last year's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

"We were channeling Tiger," said Reed's wife, Justine, who was caddying for her husband when he won at the Wyndham for his first PGA victory.

Dressed for success again at the Humana Challenge in January, Reed, 23, won by two.

He's now 3-for-3, resting on his Saturday lead after warding off charges by Bubba Watson (68) and Jamie Donaldson (70) on the reconstructed Blue Monster.

Reed won the Cadillac Championship at 4-under 284, a stroke ahead of Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, and Donaldson.

"The best player ever to live when I was growing up wore black pants, a red shirt," Reed said. "I was growing up watching him. I always thought, 'You know, it would be cool to wear black and red coming down on Sunday.'

"Just happens to be that we both wear it on Sunday now."

Woods, meanwhile, said his back flared up after an awkward shot out of the bunker on No. 6. He was without a birdie in a final round for the first time in his PGA Tour career and his 78, on the heels of Saturday's 66, was his worst Sunday score ever.

Last week he pulled out of the Honda Championship with five holes left in the final round with back spasms.

This time Woods finished, tying for 25th at 5 over with eight others, including Rory McIlroy (74) and Luke Donald (69), both former No. 1-ranked players, and world No. 2 Adam Scott (73).

Woods acknowledged that playing in consecutive weeks was not what a chiropractor would order, but he wants to get sharp before next month's Masters.

"It's over," Woods said. "It's finally done, which is good."

At times it was literally just as painful to watch Woods — he hit a spectator with his tee shot on No. 1, then hit another on No. 3.

Reed has three wins in 14 starts and should move to No. 20 in the world. He feels his ranking should be even better, citing an amateur career in which he led Augusta State to two NCAA titles.

"I don't see a lot of guys that have done that besides Tiger Woods and the legends of the game," Reed said.

Reed's wife is pregnant with the couple's first child, a daughter, who is due at the end of May.

On Sunday she looked on as Reed, with Justine's brother Kessler Karain on the bag, joined some exclusive company. Since 1990, only Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia had three PGA Tour wins before turning 24.

PGA: Chesson Hadley dreamed of a day like this — just not the lack of sleep and queasy stomach. "I was so nervous," Hadley, 26, said after earning his first tour victory at the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande. "I did not eat well last night. I did not eat well this morning." He still held off Danny Lee by two strokes. Hadley birdied the final two holes for 5-under 67 and 267 total to earn a two-year tour exemption and spots in the Players Championship, PGA Championship and Tournament of Champions.

Women: World No. 1 Inbee Park captured her first win this year, beating No. 2 Suzann Pettersen by five shots at the World Ladies Championship in Haikou, China. Last year's three-time major winner closed with 6-under 67 for 24-under 268 total in the Ladies European Tour event.

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