Final Round –WGC-Cadillac Championship – Trump National at Doral – Miami, Florida
Patrick Reed stood confident throughout the final round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National at Doral as the targeted 54-hole leader.
By day’s end, the 23-year-old secured his third PGA Tour victory in eight months fending off Hunter Mahan and former PGA champion Jason Dufner and Tiger Woods, who failed to mount a Sunday charge succumbing to back spasms for the second straight week.
Reed became the youngest champion of the World Golf Championship event.
He looked unflappable until mid-way through the back nine when he missed his first putt of inside five feet for the week. He held it together and plotted his way to a bogey at the 72nd hole to win by a shot at 4-under overall. Earlier this season, he won the Humana in January and now rises in both the FedEx Cup and Ryder Cup standings.
Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, a regular on the European Tour, drew within a shot after a birdie at No. 17. He was T-2 alongside Bubba Watson, a winner earlier this season at Riviera. Donaldson (70 in the final round) will jump in the Race To Dubai Standings with his effort this week.
Dustin Johnson, who was in the mix near the top of the leader board all week, logged a T-4 effort along with Richard Sterne. Other Top 10 finishers at Doral included Bill Haas and Thongchai Jaidee.
Woods ended up shooting 66-78 on the weekend and failed to make a birdie in the final round finishing outside the Top 10.
Reed was an 80-to-1 long shot to win this tournament at Skybet.com.
Other Golf News:
- Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park captured the Ladies World Championship in China on the Ladies European Tour by five strokes. He was paired with second-ranked Suzann Pettersen in the final round.
- Rookie Chesson Hadley (21-under) won the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open by shots over Danny Lee. It was the first title for the 26-year-old making just his 13th start on the PGA Tour.
- Dustin Johnson, who won the WGC HSBC-Champions last fall in China, locked up his fifth Top 10 in six starts this season.
- The LPGA Tour reaches America for the first time in 2014 next week at the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix. Stacy Lewis is the defending champion.