The First Tee at the Deutsche Bank Championship (TPC Boston)
Congratulations to Patrick Reed on his win at the opening tournament of the Fed Ex Cup, The Barclays (Bethpage Black). Reed seized the lead early and slept on it the first two nights of the tournament before Rickie Fowler made a charge on Saturday to take the 54 hole lead. Going into Sundays round, Fowler had played flawlessly, making only one bogey on a course that was forcing multiple bogeys a round on the world's best players. There are certainly instances where a player will go an entire tournament with a ridiculous stat like that, but it felt like Fowler was on the right side of variance and it would eventually catch up to him…and it did. Fowler was -1, with a clean card and tied for the lead after nine, but after pushing his drive right off the tee, his approach shot came to rest in the front right bunker. As he did all week, Fowler hit a great shot out of the bunker to 7 feet but could not convert the par putt. He then went on to bogey 15, double bogey 16, birdie 17 and bogey 18. During that stretch, Reed played the same holes at one over, which put him four strokes clear of Fowler and one ahead of both Sean O'Hair and Emiliano Grillo. Jason Day, Adam Scott and Gary Woodland tied for 4th. Reed sealed the deal on the Barclays and in the process secured a Ryder Cup spot, something that all American fans should be very happy about. His feisty tenacious makeup is a perfect platform for Reed to showcase his talents and put himself among the elite players in the world.