DORAL, Fla. – He wore black pants and a red shirt, his Sunday colors. He took a lead into the final round, quickly expanded it with a pair of birdies and relied on his short game to keep everyone chasing him. He even played it safe off the 18th tee in an effort to secure the trophy.
That script for years belonged to Tiger Woods.
Patrick Reed followed it perfectly to win the Cadillac Championship, replacing Woods as the youngest winner of a World Golf Championships event.
“The best player ever to live when I was growing up wore black pants, a red shirt,” Reed said after closing with an even-par 72 for a one-shot victory at Doral. “I was growing up watching him. I always thought, ‘You know, it would be cool to wear black and red coming down on Sunday.’ Just happens to be that we both wear it on Sunday now.”
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Only one of them stood out at the revamped Blue Monster course. Even with Woods and his red shirt three shots behind and in the group directly in front of him, the 23-year-old Reed stretched his lead to four shots at one point until making two bogeys in the final hour to end up at 4 under. He earned $1.53 million and held off Bubba Watson (68) and Jamie Donaldson (70).
Ryan Moore (75) of Puyallup tied for 25th.
The top-ranked Woods, in his best chance this season to win a tournament, said his back flared up after an awkward shot from the bunker on the sixth hole. His 78 is his worst Sunday score.
“Just let me get through this day, get some treatment and we’ll assess it as time goes on,” Woods said of his back. He withdrew from the Honda Classic after 13 holes of the final round a week earlier because of back spasms.
Reed, who has three PGA Tour victories in his last 14 starts and will be ranked 20th, said, “I’m one of the top five players in the world.”
• Chesson Hadley shot a 5-under 67 and won the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande for his first PGA Tour victory.
Hadley, 26, was making his 13th Tour start. He finished at 21-under 267 and earned $630,000. Danny Lee (68) was second at 19 under.
Richard H. Lee (67), a former Washington Huskies player, tied for fourth at 16 under and made $131,950.
• Canadian Adam Hadwin closed with a 3-under 69 to beat Alistair Presnell (68) by one stroke and win the Chile Classic, a Web.com Tour event in Santiago. Hadwin, 26, had a 16-under total and earned $117,000.
Andrew Putnam (70) of University Place tied for sixth at 12 under; Andres Gonzales (71) of Olympia tied for 12th at 10 under and Jeff Gove (67) of Seattle tied for 34th at 8 under.
As for ex-UW Huskies, Troy Kelly (70) tied for 23rd place at 9 under and Nick Taylor (69) tied for 42nd at 7 under.
• Top-ranked Inbee Park of South Korea closed with a 6-under 67 and won the Ladies European Tour’s World Ladies Championship, beating second-ranked Suzann Pettersen (72) of Norway by five strokes in Haikou, China. Park had a 24-under 268 total.