Reed ends win drought at THE NORTHERN TRUST
August 12, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Patrick Reed's best shot trails at THE NORTHERN TRUST
Patrick Reed is back in the winner's circle, Abraham Ancer is making history, Tiger Woods is hurt again and 55 players were dropkicked out of the FedExCup race.
Welcome to the Monday Finish were Reed broke a lengthy win drought at THE NORTHERN TRUST just in time to set himself up for a crack at the FedExCup and the $15 million bonus.
1. Sometimes less is more. It is a sentiment Patrick Reed never believed in when it came to his golf. He loves to play and practice and the sport consumes him. He’d play on the PGA TOUR and the European Tour to ensure he was always swinging clubs. But earlier this season Reed did something he hates to do. He stopped playing. In the middle of a run of 16 starts without a top-10 finish Reed realized he needed to shake things up. He’d lost accuracy and clubhead speed. He took three weeks off, 10 days of which he didn’t touch a club. It put him back on track. Reed has been trending towards a win of late. His last five starts before this week were top 25s. Two of them top 10s. When Jon Rahm took the lead Sunday Reed didn’t flinch. He surged. That’s the competitor most remember from his team play and big wins. Read more about his great win here.
2. Tiger Woods continues to look a shadow of the man who won the Masters in April. His win a year ago at the TOUR Championship and then again at Augusta National swept us all up in nostalgia. Tiger is still capable of greatness. And we loved every second of it. But the reality has since hit us in the face. He still has a fused back. He is 43 with a body ravaged by surgeries. And he just can’t play at his peak as often as he used to. Woods was unable to finish his pro-am round at Liberty National with stiffness. He shot 75 in Round 1 and then withdrew with an oblique strain. He has dropped to 38th in the FedExCup. Even if he makes it to the starting line at the BMW Championship this week he will need to play really well to make it to East Lake to defend his title. And if he does play that well … it is likely to take up a lot of juice once more. We may have witnessed the end of the season for Woods last week. If that is so he is not due back until the new ZOZO Championship in Japan from October 24-27.
3. Abraham Ancer will become the first Mexican to play in the Presidents Cup after his excellent effort at Liberty National. His runner-up finish sent him all the way to fifth in the Presidents Cup standings for the International team with just one week to go before the top eight players secure automatic selection. Ancer will be a great addition to Ernie Els’ team. He won the Australian Open last season and backed it up with a runner up finish at the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath – a course with similar traits to that of Royal Melbourne. His efforts also secured his first TOUR Championship berth and will see him play in the World Golf Championships events next season and the majors. Read more about his pride in making it happen here.
4. The FedExCup Playoffs are cutthroat. We lost 55 players after THE NORTHERN TRUST and are now down to the final 70 for the BMW Championship. Four players played their way into the top 70 from outside. Harold Varner III, Troy Merritt, Wyndham Clark and Joaquin Niemann extended their season. The four to fall out were Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee, Matthew Wolff and Kevin Streelman. Others made huge moves to secure a place in the TOUR Championship. Abraham Ancer and Adam Scott made significant gains and Brandt Snedeker likely also did enough to return for the first time in a few years. Louis Oosthuizen and Varner III put their destiny in their own hands by moving into the top 30, but only just. They still have more work to do.
5. Jordan Spieth showed both good and bad signs at Liberty National … but the good outweighed the bad. With his lowest Sunday round of the season Spieth made sure his season was extended. Impressively it came after he fell backwards in the third round. With his struggles this season it could have been the catalyst to an early exit this year. Especially given he’d broken par in just three of his 15 Sunday rounds before this week. The Texan stepped up at Liberty National, posting a 4-under 67 to finish at 12 under and into a tie for sixth. It was enough to take him from 69th to 44th in the FedExCup and keeps his hopes of making it back to East Lake for the TOUR Championship. He won the season long championship in 2015 and is looking to be the first since Tiger Woods to win it twice. Read more about him and all the FedExCup news here.
1. Patrick Reed moved 48 positions from 50th to second in the FedExCup standings. This marks the first week Reed has ranked inside the top-10 of the FedExCup standings this season and first since week #40 of last season. He moved to 12th on the U.S. Presidents Cup standings.
2. Reed becomes the seventh multiple winner of THE NORTHERN TRUST and collects his seventh PGA TOUR win. He is the 12th multiple FedExCup Playoff winner since 2007. The only player in FedExCup history to win THE NORTHERN TRUST and win the FedExCup was Vijay Singh in 2008.
3. Reed is one of four players who have qualified for the TOUR Championship in every season since 2013-14 season with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama. Reed and Johnson will extend it this year, Day and Matsuyama need to play their way in next week.
4. A total of 41percent of Reed’s strokes gained for the week was a result of his play from off the tee at Liberty National. Reed ranked second in the field in SG: Off-the-Tee (+1.356) outperforming the field by a total of +5.422 strokes for the week.
5. Most PGA TOUR wins by players currently in their 20s: Jordan Spieth 11, Justin Thomas 9, Brooks Koepka 7, Patrick Reed 7. Players to win a major, WGC and FedExCup Playoffs event since 2014: Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
Patrick Reed wins THE NORTHERN TRUST