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August 18 2013

3:30 PM

Reed wins playoff with Spieth

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.

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