January 20, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Patrick Reed is scheduled to make his World Golf Championships debut at the Accenture Match Play. (Gross/Getty Images)
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Patrick Reed's second PGA TOUR victory came with an added benefit: it earned him a spot in his first World Golf Championship. Reed rose from 69th to 41st in the Official World Golf Ranking after Sunday's win at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, ensuring his spot in the upcoming World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
The top 64 available players in the OWGR on Feb. 10, the day after the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, qualify for the Match Play.
Reed had an impressive match-play record as an amateur. He was 18 years old when he advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2 before losing to eventual champion Danny Lee. Pinehurst No. 2 is site of this year's U.S. Open.
Reed led Augusta State to consecutive NCAA Championships by going 6-0 in the tournament's match-play portion (teams play 54 holes of stroke play, with the top eight teams advancing to match play). "He loves that you-against-me mentality,” said Reed's coach at Augusta State, Josh Gregory.
Four of the five players Reed defeated -- he beat Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein twice -- are either on the PGA TOUR (Chesson Hadley, Harris English) or in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking (Uihlein, English, Brooks Koepka).
"I was playing against the top players on each team, Peter Uihlein and those kind of guys. Harris English. And to beat them the way I did, it just kind of gave me more confidence," Reed said. His highlight came at the 2011 NCAA Championship when he beat Uihlein, 8 and 7, in the 2011 NCAA Championship. Uihlein was the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and the NCAA Championship was at Oklahoma State's home course, Karsten Creek.
Pablo Larrazabal moved up 50 spots in the OWGR to No. 53 after his victory Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He is seeking his first Match Play berth.
Scotland's Stephen Gallacher moved from 67th to 64 in the OWGR after his eighth-place finish in Abu Dhabi. He made his Match Play debut last year, losing to Ian Poulter in the first round.
Ryan Palmer's runner-up finish moved at the Humana moved him from 122nd to 71st in the world. He advanced to the second round in his only Match Play appearance (2011).
Here's a look at players on the bubble for this year's Match Play (last week's World Ranking in parentheses):
60. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (58)
61. Brendon de Jonge (59)
62. D.A. Points (61)
63. Bo Van Pelt (60)
64. Stephen Gallacher (67)
65. Kim Hyung-Sung (62)
66. Peter Uihlein (63)
67. Angel Cabrera (64)
68. Marc Leishman (65)
69. Thorbjorn Olesen (66)
70. Koumei Oda (68)