Friday, December 15, 2017
Golf

Patrick Reed wins Barclays, Rickie Fowler loses Ryder Cup spot

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Patrick Reed had a crystal trophy, a clear shot at the richest payoff in golf and a spot on the Ryder Cup team.

All he could offer Rickie Fowler was best wishes to join him at Hazeltine.

Reed picked up two victories Sunday at the Barclays. He rallied from a two-shot deficit to win the FedEx Cup playoff opener and assure himself a clear shot at the $10 million bonus. And he secured a spot on the U.S. team that will try to win back the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next month.

"Everyone's been talking about the Ryder Cup, been talking about, 'Oh, you're in the eighth spot and you're on the bubble,' and all that," Reed said after finishing at 9-under 275 for a one-shot victory. "If you go and win, it takes care of everything else. … It takes care of everything."

The way Fowler finished only leads to two weeks of uncertainty. He needed only to finish alone in third place, which was the furthest from his mind as he battled Reed at Bethpage Black.

"I wasn't trying to get a decent finish," said Fowler, the third-round leader, one shot ahead of Reed. "I was trying to win."

Two shots behind with four holes to play — and two shots clear of third place — Fowler missed a 4-foot par putt on the 15th hole and made double bogey on the next hole. His meltdown sent him to 74 and a tie for seventh and kept him off the Ryder Cup team, for now.

Reed built a big enough lead that a few sloppy mistakes over the final hour didn't matter. He made bogey on the final hole for 1-under 70 and a one-shot victory over Sean O'Hair (66) and Emiliano Grillo (69).

Fowler still could have clinched a spot on the Ryder Cup team with birdie on No. 18. He missed another fairway and took bogey.

Fowler's late collapse allowed Zach Johnson to claim the eighth and final spot. Davis Love still has four captain's picks over the next three weeks.

CHAMPIONS: Bernhard Langer made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland to win the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash., for the second time. A day after his 59th birthday, Langer birdied the par-5 18th in regulation for 5-under 67 to match Austin (67) and Sutherland (64) at 13-under 203. Gene Sauers, the second-round leader, shot 72 to finish a shot out of the playoff.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn ran away with the Canadian Pacific Open in chilly Priddis, Alberta, for her tour-leading fifth victory of the year. She made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole for 6-under 66 and a four-stroke win over Sei Young Kim (65). She matched the tournament record for relation to par of 23 under set by So Yeon Ryu two years ago and the mark for strokes of 265 held by Ryu and Lydia Ko in 2013 at par-70 Royal Mayfair in Edmonton.

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