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Reed holds on for 2nd title

Published January 19, 2014 9:18 pm

Golf • After three rounds of 63, he shoots 71 on final day.
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La Quinta, Calif. • Patrick Reed lost his putting touch for a few hours in the final round of the Humana Challenge. He found it when things were getting interesting.

After shooting three straight 9-under 63s to open a seven-stroke lead, Reed had a 1-under 71 on Sunday at PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course to beat Ryan Palmer by two strokes.

"It was tough out there," Reed said.

Finally resembling the guy who talked Saturday about being in a "putting coma," Reed ran in an 18-footer for birdie on the par-3 15th to push his advantage to three strokes and parred the final three holes. He completed the wire-to-wire victory at 28-under 260.

"I started toward the end playing for par, just because I knew pars weren't going to hurt me," Reed said. "I knew someone was going to have to do something spectacular to catch me."

The 23-year-old Reed has two victories in his first 46 PGA Tour starts, winning the Wyndham Championship in August.

Palmer made a 15-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 63.

Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard tied for third at 25 under. Johnson birdied the final five holes for a 62, the best round of the week.

Champions Tour

In Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii, Bernhard Langer birdied five of the last six holes to pull away from Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman and win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship by three strokes.

The 56-year-old German shot his second straight 64 in the final round of the winners-only event that opened the 35th season of the Champions Tour. He finished with a 54-hole total of 22-under 194 at Hualalai.

Abu Dhabi Championship

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal shot a final round 67 to capture the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, winning for the first time in three years.

Larrazabal, 30, won by a stroke with a 14-under par 274 on the National Course in the United Arab Emirates capital. Rory McIlroy (68), who had incurred a two-stroke penalty a day earlier, finished with a share of second place with Phil Micklelson (69) at 13 under. —

Leaderboard

Humana Challenge

Patrick Reed -28

Ryan Palmer -26

Zach Johnson -25

Justin Leonard -25

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Daniel Summerhays -13