It took sudden death, but Patrick Reed got his first PGA Tour victory over Jordan Spieth at The Wyndham Championship. With his wife on the bag as his caddie, Reed made only one bogey on his way to a final round sixty-five. He finished at fourteen under par (-14) for the tournament.
Reed made four birdies on the front nine to make the turn at four under par for the day. He was even par on the back nine to post fourteen under. Spieth's day started off on a bad note with a bogey at number one, but he was able to right the ship with six birdies as he shot a final round score of sixty-five and become the leader in the clubhouse.
Spieth got to fourteen under and a tie for first in dramatic fashion by birdieing the seventy-first hole of regulation play. Had the twenty year old Spieth won he would have been the youngest player to win two PGA Tour events in the same year in the modern era.
On the first play-off hole Reed took the upper hand as an errant drive by Spieth forced him to pitch out to the fairway. His third shot left him eighteen feet from the pin. That was when his youth took over and he stepped up and drained the putt to put the pressure back on Reed who was unable to convert.
The roles were reversed on the second play-off hole when Reed pushed his drive into the trees on the right side of the fairway. From there Reed played a perfect recovery shot to within four feet. When Spieth missed his birdy attempt Reed was not going to let the opportunity slip away. His putt found the middle of the cup for the victory.
The round of the day was turned in by Australian Matt Jones. Jones shot a back nine twenty-nine to card an eight under sixty-two and finish in a tie for fifth place.
With the win, Reed moved from seventy-eighth to twenty-second in the FedEx Cup standings. Spieth jumped from sixteenth to eighth. The top 125 earn a spot in the play-offs that begin next week at the Barclay's. Reed, an Augusta State alum, will get to return to Augusta in April to tee it up in the 2014 Masters Tournament.