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Woods collapses while Reed holds on at Cadillac Championship

Reed beats field, fading Woods for Cadillac Championship
Reed beats field, fading Woods for Cadillac Championship
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Tiger Woods started the weekend perfectly on March 8, nearing the top of the Cadillac Championship leaderboard. However, Woods has had a big problem with finishing lately, as the final round proved on March 9. It was Patrick Reed who controlled the leaderboard instead, while Woods never even got close thanks to a final score of 78.

After getting back into contention with a 66 on March 8, Woods closed the Cadillac Championship on a much lower note. In fact, after the 76 and 73 he shot in his first two rounds, his 66 turned out to be the big anomaly of the week.

Woods had eight birdies the day before, but had absolutely none in the final 18 holes and tallied up six bogeys instead. What's more, his back clearly appeared to be acting up again, as the caddie for playing partner Hunter Mahan had to pick one of his balls out of a hole.

Yahoo Sports' Shane Bacon proclaimed that Woods "shouldn't have played this week" when all was said and done. He was iffy to play in the Cadillac Championship before it started, yet he stayed in the field -- but the biggest accomplishment he got from it was actually finishing all 72 holes. Of course, he didn't exactly finish well, or settle any fears about his status for the Masters.

While Woods drifted down the leaderboard into a tie for 25'th, Reed quietly stayed on top for the entire day, just like he stayed on top the entire week. Although he only shot a 72 in the final round, it was still enough to hold off Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson by one shot. It made him only the fifth player to win three PGA events by age 23 -- joining a list that includes Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy.

If Woods is going to have questionable health and finishes for a while longer, the likes of Reed will have to give golf a little extra jolt in the meantime. Given how Reed bragged he was already "one of the top five players in the world" after winning the Cadillac Championship, it is clear he is throwing the gauntlet down already -- on and off the course.