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.
Patrick Reed -28
Ryan Palmer -26
Zach Johnson -25
Justin Leonard -25
Daniel Summerhays -13
"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.
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.
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