Golf: Patrick Reed wins playoff for first PGA title
Greensboro, N.C. • In the span of a couple of strokes, Patrick Reed went from almost certain disaster to his first PGA Tour victory.
Reed won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday for his first title, beating Jordan Spieth with a most improbable birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Reed recovered from a drive on the par-4 10th that came a few feet from going out of bounds and stopped in some pine needles in the woods near a television cable.
Reed pulled out his 7-iron, uncorked a baseball swing from an uphill lie and sent the ball under a tree branch yet away from the tree trunk to land his second shot 7 feet from the pin.
"It was the best shot of my life, that's for sure," Reed said.
Spieth, who called it "one of the best shots I've ever witnessed," had reached the green in two strokes, but his 10-foot birdie putt trickled wide of the cup.
Reed then sank his short birdie putt that "felt like it was 40" feet to end it.
Reed and Spieth finished regulation at 14-under 266. Reed closed with a 4-under 66, and Spieth had a 65.
In Parker, Colo., the Europeans claimed their first Solheim Cup title on U.S. soil. Caroline Hedwall became the first player in the 23-year history of the event to win all five matches. She finished in style Sunday by hitting her approach into the 18th to 4 feet for birdie. That gave her a 1-up victory over Michelle Wie and gave Europe the 14 points it needed to retain the cup.
Bart Bryant won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. Bryant shot a tournament record-tying 10-under 62 in the second round and completed his first victory on the 50-and-over tour with 72. He finished at 16-under 200 to beat Russ Cochran and Corey Pavin by one shot.
*-Patrick Reed -14
Jordan Spieth -14
Brian Harman -12
John Huh -12
Three tied -11