Wyndham Championship. Patrick Wins Play-Off

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Patrick Reed won the Wyndham Championship in a play-off at the Sedgefield Country Club.

                                             Patrick Reed & caddie wife  Justine Karain / Getty.

On the second play-off hole Patrick fired in a 7 iron from an uphill lie and sent the ball under a tree branch, just missing the tree trunk , and land his second shot a comfortable 7 feet from the pin. He announced it was his best ever shot;

” It was the best shot of my life, that’s for, just to get my first win means everything to me. I don’t even know how I was still playing the second playoff hole after what happened on 18.  It was the best shot of my life, that’s for sure, on the 10th but his putt he made on 18, the first playoff hole I told my wife he’s going to make it and, you know, of course I say that and the odds of making a 25, 30-footer breaking probably two feet. To do that and put the pressure back on me meant a lot to him but, at the same time, you know I told my wife and told my coach going into today that I had to shoot -4 under to win and I was right, -4 under did win but, at the same time, I had to do it in a playoff.  I still don’t know really what’s going on.  I mean it’s unreal.”

This was Patrick’s first career win and came in just his 38th start on the PGA TOUR. Patrick and Jordan Spieth had both finished on -14 under par for the Wyndham Championship, so the event was settled in a play-off. It was Patrick who prevailed, at the second play-off hole, the 10th.

Jordan really wanted his second win, it would have made him the youngest ever player to win twice on the PGA Tour;

” When you get in a position in a playoff where it’s one-on-one, especially with the momentum I had, you know, I’m dying to win.  I mean winning is what it’s all about.  It doesn’t matter about the money, it doesn’t matter about what you’ve made this year, what you’ve done.
When I’m in the position where I’m one-on-one to win a PGA golf tournament it’s pretty special.  It’s a lot of fun. You know, I love feeling the nerves.  I love the adrenaline rush.  That’s what it’s all about.”

Tied in third place at -12 under par were Brian Harman and John Huh.

David Toms needed something special if he wanted to get into the top 125 on  the money list and keep his playing privileges for next season, he did just that with an amazing round of -8 under par 62, which had him T16 for the tournament.

David said that was all that was on his mind today;

” That’s the only thing I had to shoot for today, I was definitely more aggressive. We had a good day for scoring today. I just went out there and tried to have fun in my last round of the season. It feels good to play well when I needed to.”

Humana Challenge- Toms Still There

David Toms, Ben Crane and Mark Wilson all share the lead at the Humana Challenge at the PGA West course in La Quinta, California. The trio are at -16 after the second round, three shots ahead of their nearest rivals, headed by Camillo Villegas.

Toms interview after Round 2 of Humana Challenge

Phil Mickleson had a better round today, 69 for a total of -1, but is still a long way from making the cut, a point he mentioned in his after round interview;

” After a rough start today, being three over, I played the last thirteen six under. Played much better and I’m excited about how I was playing heading into this tournament. But, I’ve had a bit of a slap in the face with my first two scores. I’ll try tomorrow to go out and play a good round, hopefully make the cut. Get a bit of momentum heading into next week’s event in San Diego.

Phil tried out a new driver today and it seemed to work pretty well, hitting it much straighter than yesterdays effort.

Mickelson interview after Round 2 of Humana Challenge

New Zealand’s Danny Lee gad another 3 under round 69 to finish the second day at -6. He is playing steady golf and making a good impression, while flying the flag for NZ.


Humana Challenge – Villegas & Toms Lead

Camillo Villegas and David toms lead the Humana Challenge after the first round. Camillo and Davis both shot an opening -9 under par 63 to lead the field by one shot. Villegas said in interview after his round;

” I played great, I kept the ball in play. There were a couple of putts that did not go in, but guess what, I made a lot of them. It was a nice way to start the year and its beautiful weather here and my golf is in great shape and I’m looking forward to the next three days.”

Villegas interview after Round 1 of Humana Challenge

David Toms was also very happy with his game, commenting after his round;

” Well I struck the ball pretty well all day, didn’t make any putts the first few holes. I had some great looks and then all of a sudden I made a long one; somewhere over there on the front nine, I don’t remember what hole it was. Then made a couple after that and then for the most part played pretty solid golf and never really in trouble off the tee. And hit a lot of greens, had a lot of looks and putted well.”

Toms interview after Round 1 of Humana Challenge

Following close on their heels are Ted Potter, JrBrandt SnedekerBob Estes and Sang-Moon Bae who all came home with a total of -8 under 64.

At the other end of the score board is Phil Mickleson who shot a two over par 74, but is still optimistic, saying of his effort;

Well it wasn’t indicative of how I know I’ve been playing. I’ve been playing really well heading in. So this wasn’t obviously a very good round. I played well the front nine, I made some good birdies and then the back nine those couple of out of bounds, stung. They were a matter of a couple of two feet on one and a couple of inches on the other, and those could have been a big difference. It’s just one round, I mean and I know heading in I have been feeling really good. It wasn’t quite on today. On the back nine I made a couple of poor swings, didn’t really hit it the best. But, I’ve been playing so well heading in that I’m not going to let one round kind of affect my outlook. I mean it’s a long tournament, a long week, a long month, a long year, and one round is just getting started.”

Mickelson interview after Round 1 of Humana Challenge