Welcome to the Monday Finish, where we’re wondering if we can borrow some of Patrick Reed’s FedExCup points.
Patrick Reed loves a loud crowd, so maybe it should be no surprise that he came away victorious at The Barclays. New York City’s famously rowdy sports fans have flocked to Bethpage Black since it hosted the 2002 U.S. Open, and Sunday was no exception.
Reed compared the galleries to a football crowd. He embraces their enthusiasm.
“To step up on the first tee, and there's chants going from when you start until you finish, it's just awesome. You can feed off of all the energy that's going on,” Reed said Sunday. “Then all of a sudden, if people start to heckle you, then you can start trying to prove them wrong.”
Reed has five PGA TOUR wins, but one of his most famous moments was his shushing of the crowd at the 2014 Ryder Cup. That was a bold move, considering he was on hostile soil when he did it. Toying with the crowd can only add to the pressure; a loss would be twice as embarrassing after such antics. He isn’t afraid to rile up the fans, even if may increase their wrath. After all, the payoff is twice as sweet if you’re successful, as Reed was when he downed Henrik Stenson at Gleneagles.
Reed doesn’t lack for confidence. He’s shown that multiple times already in his career. And being underestimated only adds to his motivation. He’s proud of the fact he went 6-0 in match play in leading Augusta University to consecutive NCAA Championship victories over more prestigious programs, and in 2012 he beat the odds and Monday qualified for six PGA TOUR events.
Those were just harbingers for his current success, though. And now he has a chance to finish the FedExCup Playoffs atop the season-long standings.
1. Patrick Reed was the highest-ranked player in the FedExCup without a victory. That changed Sunday, when he won The Barclays. Reed started FedExCup Playoffs at No. 7 in the standings thanks to nine top-10s, including two runners-up, in 24 starts. He’s missed just three cuts this season. His 10 top-10s this season are second to TOUR, trailing only Dustin Johnson’s 12.
2. The strongest part of Reed’s game in his Barclays win? His iron play. He finished sixth in strokes gained: approach-the-green (+1.48 strokes per round). This was the fourth-best strokes gained: approach-the-green performance of his career and his best in a victory.
3. The Barclays was Reed’s fifth PGA TOUR victory. He’s won in four consecutive seasons, the third-longest streak on TOUR. He trails only Dustin Johnson (nine seasons) and Justin Rose (six), and is tied with Zach Johnson. Rose and Zach Johnson have yet to win this season, though, so their streaks are in jeopardy.
4. This marked the third time Reed has held a 36-hole lead outright and gone on to win. Among others, he joins Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Sam Snead of those who won their first three events leading alone after 36 holes.
5. Sean O’Hair jumped 93 spots in the FedExCup with his runner-up finish at The Barclays. He’s now 15th in the standings. O’Hair is seeking his second TOUR Championship berth. He made his only appearance in that event in 2009.
TOP THREE VIDEOS
1. Jordan Spieth won last year’s FedExCup, but how would he fare against the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion? They met at The Barclays:
Jordan Spieth meets 2016 Spelling Bee champion
2. Patrick Reed, 26, won his fifth PGA TOUR title at The Barclays. His 10 top-10s this season are second-most on TOUR. Here’s a closer look at the swing that has led to his success:
Patrick Reed's slo-mo swing is analyzed at The Barclays
3. Trey Mullinax and J.T. Poston earned PGA TOUR cards Sunday on the Web.com Tour. Earlier in the week they took part in obstacle course at a nearby Topgolf. Watch the competition here:
Topgolf obstacle course with Trey Mullinax and J.T. Poston