Reed's routine key in Hyundai TOC triumph
January 13, 2015
By D.J. Piehowski , PGATOUR.COM
- Patrick Reed picked up his fourth career TOUR title Monday in Hawaii. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Welcome to the Monday (or Tuesday) Finish, where we’ve finally just finished smuggling POG into all the 3.5 ounce travel containers we can find.
Patrick Reed is your first PGA TOUR winner of 2015 after defeating Jimmy Walker in a playoff at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. While Reed may seem like he is cold-blooded and ultra-confident when the pressure is on, we found out a few things from him this week that prove that he still leaves a few things up to superstition.
The first one is his music. Every time you see Reed on the range or the putting green, he has in colorful earbuds. What’s he listening to?
“Radioactive (by Imagine Dragons),” he said. “That’s what I listen to before every round and that’s what I listened to before the playoff.”
Number two is his socks. During Monday’s winner’s press conference, I noticed some red, white and blue peeking out when Patrick crossed his legs. A question about special socks seemed as good as any.
“They are from the Ryder Cup,” Reed said. “Rickie Fowler bought a pair for every player on the U.S. team this year. I wore them all four days this week.”
In other words, Reed, who went 3-0-1 at Gleneagles, is undefeated in those socks.
THE FIVE BEST STATS OF THE WEEK
1) The first one is easy: With a victory this week, Reed became only the fourth player in the past 20 years to earn four PGA TOUR wins before the age of 25. The other three? Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. Of course, every stat comes with certain caveats and this one does, too. Another player accomplished that feat 21 years ago. Phil Mickelson.
2) Monday’s victory was Reed’s first come-from-behind win on TOUR. In his other three (2013 Wyndham Championship, 2014 Humana Challenge and 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship), he was the 54-hole leader or co-leader. It also moves him to 2-0 in PGA TOUR playoffs. He defeated Jordan Spieth in extra holes to win the Wyndham.
3) For much of the week, it looked as though Walker was on his way to joining some exclusive company. Only four players have won both the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Hyundai Tournament of Champions since both events have been played in Hawaii: Zach Johnson, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk and Ernie Els. Walker will defend his title at the Sony Open this week.
4) Jason Day and Chris Kirk both tied the course record with Monday 62s at par-73 Kapalua. Each was bogey-free with 11 birdies in their respective rounds, with Day finishing one shot out of a playoff. Kirk, who started the day in dead last played alone due to the odd number of players in the field and finished his round in 2 hours and 48 minutes.
5) Hole No. 1 (which played into the wind the final two days) played as the most difficult hole of the week (+0.157), with only one player, Brian Harman making birdie there during the final round. The par-5 fifth was statistically the easiest hole of the week (-0.687), giving up nearly three times more birdies than pars.
THE THREE BEST VIDEOS OF THE WEEK
1) Four down with three to play, Patrick Reed needed to make something happen. That’s what he did at No. 16, holing an 80-yard wedge shot for eagle and putting himself back in the mix.
Patrick Reed drops it in for a dramatic eagle on No. 16 at Hyundai
2) More Reed, but this time he did it with the flatstick. With Jimmy Walker in trouble, par may have been good enough to win for Reed, but he emphatically slammed the door with this 19-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. He birdied 18 all five times he played it this week.
Patrick Reed wins the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
3) My final submission comes from this week’s episode of “Inside the PGA TOUR,” in which Scott Stallings re-enacts some of his favorite victory celebrations. While his form could use some work, the effort was definitely better than most.
Inside the PGA TOUR
Scott Stallings re-enacts his favorite winning reactions on TOUR
ODDS AND ENDS
The week started off on a strong note, with TOUR players Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and John Peterson getting into a fantastic Twitter conversation. When Spieth told fans he had time to do a quick Twitter Q&A, Thomas jumped in and things went from there.
After changing to a new putter (and a claw-style grip) Chris Kirk made everything he looked at on Monday. Callaway Golf, Kirk’s equipment sponsor, had a pretty great reaction.
And lastly, we can’t end without giving away an unofficial “Best Hawaii Picture” award to Billy Horschel, who gave us this one from his pre-tournament cliff diving.
THREE REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK:
1) The field at Sony should be terrific, with Jason Day returning for the first time since 2011 and Jimmy Walker, Chris Kirk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hideki Matsuyama all making the trip from Kapalua to Waialae.
2) The Plantation Tea in the Waialae clubhouse is truly spectacular.
3) We’re in Hawaii. It doesn’t snow in Hawaii.