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Reed holds on for 2nd title
Golf » After three rounds of 63, he shoots 71 on final day.
First Published Jan 19 2014 09:18 pm • Last Updated Jan 19 2014 11:23 pm

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.

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Humana Challenge

Patrick Reed -28

Ryan Palmer -26

Zach Johnson -25

Justin Leonard -25

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Daniel Summerhays -13

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"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.

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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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