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|Top 10 Moments of the 2013 PGA TOUR Season|
||Nov. 18||Garcia hits shot from a tree at Arnold Palmer Invitational|
||Nov. 19||Reed escapes from the trees to win Wyndham Championship|
||Nov. 20||Woods dominates elite field at Bridgestone Invitational|
||Nov. 21||Dufner ties majors scoring record, wins PGA Championship|
||Nov. 22||Rose's historic approach on No. 18 at Merion to secure U.S. Open|
||Nov. 25||Spieth's incredible bunker shot during John Deere playoff|
||Nov. 26||Stenson wins the FedExCup|
||Nov. 27||Furyk shoots 59 in second round of BMW Championship|
||Nov. 28||Mickelson cards final-round 66 to win The Open Championship|
||Nov. 29||Scott's putt to force a playoff at The Masters|
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Patrick Reed withdrew from the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a wrist injury. Reed, who shot a first-round 77 at TPC Summerlin, was 4 over after eight holes when he withdrew.
"He will be fine, just tweaked it yesterday," his agent, Kevin Canning, told PGATOUR.COM. "Nothing major."
Reed won the Wyndham Championship in August and finished 54th in the FedExCup in his rookie season. He missed the cut in the season-opening event of the 2013-14 season, the Frys.com Open, after shooting 75-70.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Conway Farms Golf Club may be hosting its first PGA TOUR event this week, but the site of the BMW Championship has held its share of prestigious amateur tournaments, including the NCAA Championship, Western Amateur and multiple USGA events and qualifiers.
Most of the BMW Championship’s 70-man field will be seeing Conway Farms for the first time, but a handful of competitors have played the course in those amateur competitions. Here’s how players in the BMW field fared in past events at Conway Farms:
2009 WESTERN AMATEUR
SEMIFINALS: Zach Barlow def. Patrick Reed, 3 and 2
QUARTERFINALS: Patrick Reed def. Andrea Pavan, 2 up
ROUND OF 16: Patrick Reed def. Dylan Frittelli, 4 and 3
T2. Patrick Reed, 69-70-71-71-- 281
45. Harris English, 75-70-77-78--300
2008 U.S. OPEN SECTIONAL QUALIFYING
T2. Chris Kirk, 68-71--139
T2. D.A. Points, 69-70--139
15. Daniel Summerhays, 75-69--144
(Note: Kirk and Points qualified for U.S. Open.)
2006 CANON CUP
Peter Uihlein (East) def. Rickie Fowler (West), 5 and 4
Patrick Reed (East) def. Kyle Stanley (West), 5 and 4
2002 CANON CUP
Henry Liaw (West) def. Roberto Castro (East), 5 and 4
Chris Kirk (East) def. Randy Lowry (West), 6 and 5
Andrew Dresser (West) def. Webb Simpson (East), 2 and 1
(Note: Canon Cup is a team, match-play competition conducted by the AJGA, pitting teams from each side of the Mississippi River against each other.)
1998 U.S. JUNIOR
FIRST ROUND: Tom Johnson def. Brandt Snedeker, 4 and 2
(Note: Aaron Baddeley, who did not qualify for the BMW, was medalist and runner-up.)
1997 NCAA Championship
T6. Rory Sabbatini (Arizona), 71-72-73-68--284
MC. Jason Dufner (Auburn), 75-71--146
MC. Zach Johnson (Drake), 81-69--150
MC. Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech)*, 77-76--153
*-played as individual
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The congratulatory texts and e-mails are still arriving.
But by the time Patrick Reed had beaten Jordan Spieth on the second hole of sudden death at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, most of his peers had already packed up and headed north -- if they were lucky -- to get ready for the FedExCup Playoffs.
So it wasn't until Reed pulled into the parking lot at Liberty National on Tuesday that what he accomplished at Sedgefield Country Club really began to sink in.
"Once we got here and pulled in to see two good friends of mine, Robert Garrigus and Jerry Kelly who were the first players to see, came up and gave me a big hug, said congrats; it meant a lot," Reed said. "It's not every day you win a PGA TOUR event, and it's always been a dream and to have that happened, that's when it really started to set in."
There will undoubtedly be more pats on the back in the locker room and on the range over the next few days. But Reed, who enters The Barclays ranked 22nd in the FedExCup, has an opportunity to make 2013 even more memorable over the next five weeks.
Reed would have been making his Liberty National debut this week regardless of that win Sunday at Sedgefield. But after moving from 78th to 22nd in the FedExCup standings, he has a very real chance to make it all the way through to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
And as Bill Haas proved two years ago, any of the 30 players who advance to the FedExCup finale has a chance to win the $10 million bonus.
"It was one of our goals to get to the playoffs and to be here, it means a lot," Reed said. "And to be able to come, haven't seen the golf course yet, I've heard a lot about it, and to be able to come and have a shot getting into East Lake, especially my first year out here, full member, it means a lot. It shows that all our hard work is really paying off."
Reed has momentum, too, with top-10 finishes in his last three starts, and four of his last seven. And even though he won his first PGA TOUR event on Sunday, he sees room for improvement -- particularly in terms of fairways hit and finding more consistency with his putter.
"What we've done is we go into every week as trying to improve," Reed said. "... I'm a firm believer that if I work on what I didn't do well last week and improve on that, we should have a good finish (the next week) as well."
By Travis Fulton, Director of Instruction, TOUR Academies
First, it appeared as if Jordan Spieth was going to get away with highway robbery. After rallying from three shots down on the back nine and then sinking a 25-foot par putt to extend his playoff with Patrick Reed, the 20-year-old hit his approach shot on the second playoff hole at the Wyndham Championship to 10 feet. Meanwhile, Reed was in serious trouble, having hit his tee shot nearly out of bounds onto some dirt and pine straw 156 yards away from the hole. Things were looking really good for Spieth, until Reed answered with a cold-blooded dagger of his own, hitting a bullet of a 7-iron to 7 feet. Spieth then missed his birdie attempt and Reed pounced, sinking his to capture his first PGA TOUR title.
That’s the up and down nature of golf, and a testament to what can happen if you never give up on a hole. For Reed to have any chance at winning he knew he had to pull off a career shot, and he did. Not only did he have to contend with some overhanging limbs and two trees in front of him, but he drew a terrible lie, with the ball several inches above his feet resting on some twigs, and his feet in the grass. To advance the ball anywhere close to the green where he’d have a chance to make par, he’d have to pick the ball just perfectly and keep it low enough so as to avoid the trees. He’d also have to generate enough clubhead and ball speed to carry the ball 150 yards, not to mention hit the ball dead straight. Reed likes to draw the ball.
He did each one better.
So how did Reed pull off this miraculous escape? First, he made sure to take enough club so that he could choke down, make a three-quarter swing with a low finish, and still get the ball to the hole. Secondly, he had the wrist and forearm strength necessary to rotate the clubface down and hold it down into the finish. Despite all of the speed Reed generated on this particular shot, he was still able to keep the clubhead below his waist on the follow-through. This low finish allowed him to compress the ball with the shaft leaning forward (due to a bent right wrist) and the face delofted, creating a low, stinging ball flight.
To finish low, you must still aggressively turn your chest through; otherwise, you’ll have a hard time maintaining the bend in your right wrist and the forward lean to the shaft in the post-impact position. The face should be turned down (about 45 degrees to the target line) and the right wrist bent just after impact and into the follow-through, but if you don’t have the support of your chest it becomes very easy to flip the clubhead and shaft upward, thus not compressing the ball. By rotating his torso Reed was also able to create additional clubhead speed and power while keeping the ball so low.
When you commit to a low finish it forces you to sustain the downward pressure of the clubhead into the ball and the ground. There can’t be any flipping of the hands. You’re taking the attitude that there’s no up in the swing, even though it eventually does happen after the clubhead reaches its low point. The mentality is that you’re holding the clubhead down through impact.
This is a great image for anyone who has a tendency to hang back and scoop at the ball, or launches the ball too high. In our schools, we teach our students to hit little punch shots with a wedge, keeping their finishes very low. This teaches them to sustain the downward pressure on the ball through impact, which in turn trains them how to rotate their torso through impact. Try it sometime and you may be hitting some miraculous recovery shots, too.
Travis Fulton is the Director of Instruction for the TOUR Academies at TPC Sawgrass and the World Golf Village. For more game-improvement tips from the TOURAcademy instructors, on-the-spot club recommendations and 3D previews of each hole you play, download the TOURCaddie PRO app at www.pgatourcaddie.com.
By Dr. Gregg Steinberg, Special to PGATOUR.COM
When you look at Patrick Reed, all you see is the 2013 Wyndham Championship winner. What you don’t see are all the struggles Reed endured to reach the pinnacle of his sport. You don’t see a golfer who survived six Monday qualifiers last year for the PGA TOUR prior to gaining full-time playing privileges. You don’t see all the thousands of hours practicing and digging his game in the dirt. All you see is the newest TOUR winner.
I call this the “iceberg profile” of success. Like an iceberg that is seen only 10 percent above the surface, we only see the few successes of an individual. What we don’t see are all the hardships that someone had to endure on their path to success. And everyone who has achieved at the highest level has had their share of hardships and failures.
Take Nick Faldo, the six-time major champion and Hall of Famer. He was once known as Nick Foldo by the British press due to his inability to win down the stretch. Or look at Michael Jordan, considered the greatest basketball player of all time. He missed more than 9,000 shots, many of them potential game-winners, during his career.
I am sure you too have failed many times. I know I have!
The secret to your golfing success will be to use those failures as a jumping board. In other words, you must use failure as a way to move forward. You must fail forward!
Here are some strategies to fail forward in your game:
1. Create a failing forward journal. After each round, write down five mistakes you made. Then write down what you learned from each mistake. The importance of this mental exercise is that you see your mistakes as a learning opportunity.
2. Take yourself out of the equation of a failure event. Understand that the event was a failure -- don’t evaluate yourself as a failure.
But don’t just think about what you should have done; go out and practice those skills you need to improve. As legendary basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Failure is not failure unless it is failure to change”
Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a regular guest every Tuesday on “Talk of the TOUR” heard on the Sirius/XM PGA TOUR radio. He is a tenured professor of sports psychology and has been the mental game coach for many PGA TOUR players as well as top collegiate and junior golfer. Dr. Gregg is the author of the best selling golf psychology book, MentalRules for Golf, and you can get your autographed copy at drgreggsteinberg.com.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed decided the Wyndham Championship in a playoff.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Patrick Reed made a 7-footer for birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Jordan Spieth and win the Wyndham Championship.
The victory was the first of Reed's career and came in just his 38th start on the PGA TOUR. With the victory, the 23-year-old moved from 78th to 22nd in the FedExCup standings on the eve of next week's Playoffs.
The 20-year-old Spieth, who won his first PGA TOUR event last month in a playoff at the John Deere Classic, was looking to become the youngest two-time winner in TOUR history. He moved from 16th to eighth in the FedExCup with the runner-up finish.
Here's how it happened:
The 17th playoff in the history of the Wyndham Championship began on the 18th hole at Sedgefield Country Club.
The 18th is a 473-yard, par-4 that has played as the second-hardest this week. The playoff then moved to No. 10, a 440-yard, par-4 that has been the fourth-most difficult.
The 18th hole has yeilded 46 birdies this week, while the 10th has given up just 41.
Reed has made a birdie, one bogey and two pars on No. 18 while Spieth birdied it in the first two rounds and parred it on the weekend. Reed has four pars at No. 10 while Spieth made one bogey there and three pars.
No. 18: Spieth hits first and his ball lands on the pinestraw in the trees to the left of the fairway. Reed finds the first cut on the left side of the fairway.
Spieth pitches back into the fairway and has 126 yards to the flagstick. Reed then hits his approach on the green, 8 feet above the hole for birdie.
Spieth's third shot finds the putting surface but he'll have 26 feet for par. He drains it, though, which puts more pressure on Reed's birdie attempt. Reed misses on the right side but makes the 3-footer coming back for par so the two head to the 10th tee.
No. 10: Spieth drives to the right side of the fairway while Reed is the one who strays into the trees this time. There are OB stakes over there so he's going to play a provisional, which finds the left side of the fairway.
Reed's original drive has settled against a cable and is about 3 feet safely in bounds. Spieth hits first and puts his approach 10 feet above and right of the hole
Reed has a shot at the green, and he stakes his approach to 7 feet short of the flagstick. When it lands on the green, Reed pumps his first and Spieth, walking up the fairway, turns back and gives him a thumbs up.
Spieth's putt breaks just over the hole and misses. He taps in and the pressure is on Reed. He makes the putt and jabs at the air with his fist in celebration, then lifts his wife, Justine, who caddies for him, into the air.
Patrick Reed birdied the second playoff hole to capture his first career PGA TOUR victory at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.
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By Craig DeVrieze, Special for PGATOUR.COM
SILVIS, Ill. -- With a series of stealthy par saves, defending champion Zach Johnson set a John Deere Classic record with his ninth career bogey-free round at TPC Deere Run and will enter the weekend with a share of the lead.
A two-putt par from 72 feet at the 18th hole completed a 5-under second-round 66 for the 2007 Masters champion from nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“Today was a hard 66,” he said. “Yesterday was a much easier 64.”
Johnson joined PGA TOUR rookie Patrick Reed and 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover in the midway lead at 12-under 130 for the tournament.
Matt Jones, a co-runner-up a week ago at The Greenbrier Classic, is alone in fourth, one shot behind the lead trio.
Troy Matteson, a playoff loser to Johnson a year ago at TPC Deere Run, is part of a quintet two shots behind. He is joined at 10 under by Kevin Streelman, Jerry Kelly, Daniel Summerhays and David Hearn.
Three-time JDC winner Steve Sticker missed a 2 1/2-foot par putt at the finishing hole, or he too would have entered the weekend double-digits under par.
Johnson’s round included five birdies, but more critical were par saves at Nos. 5, 6, 7, 15 and 18.
“I didn’t drive it very well but the positive side is I know I can play here if I don’t drive it,” he said. “My short game was tremendous. I putted great and I chipped it even better.”
Fighting through a run of five missed cuts in his past six starts, Glover fired an afternoon round of 9-under 62 to join the lead group.
“I’ve been struggling,” he said. “I was ecstatic to shoot 3-under yesterday. You can imagine how I feel today.”