Golf: Reed topples Spieth in playoff

  • Associated Press
August 18, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – In the span of a couple of strokes, Patrick Reed went from almost certain disaster to his first PGA Tour victory.

Reed won the Wyndham Championship Sunday for his first title, beating Jordan Spieth with a most improbable birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Reed recovered from a drive on the par-4 10th that came a few feet from going out of bounds and stopped in some pine needles in the woods near a television cable.

Spieth pulled out his 7-iron, uncorked a baseball swing from an uphill lie and sent the ball under a tree branch – yet away from the tree trunk – to land his second shot 7 feet from the pin.

“It was the best shot of my life, that’s for sure,” Reed said.

Spieth, who called it “one of the best shots I’ve ever witnessed,” had reached the green in two strokes, but his 10-foot birdie putt trickled wide of the cup.

Reed then sank his short birdie putt that “felt like it was 40” feet to end it.

Europe retains Solheim Cup: For the first time in Solheim Cup history, the Europeans are leaving America with the trophy. Caroline Hedwall became the first player in the history of the event to win all five matches. She finished by hitting her approach into the 18th to four feet for birdie. That gave her a 1-up victory over Michelle Wie and gave Europe the 14 points it needed to retain the cup in Parker, Colo.

With seven matches will on the course, Europe only needed a half-point to claim outright victory on American soil for the first time. Europe was leading in three of those matches.

Bryant gets first senior win:

Bart Bryant has won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., becoming the 1,000th tournament champion on the Champions Tour.

Bryant, who shot a tournament record-tying 10-under 62 in the second round, completed his first victory on the senior tour with a closing 72 and finished at 16-under 200 to beat Russ Cochran and Corey Pavin by one shot.

Brit wins U.S. Amateur:

Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur, beating Oliver Goss 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final to become the first English champion of the tournament since 1911.

Late charge works for Malnati:

Peter Malnati won the News Sentinel Open for his first Tour title, birdieing five of the last seven holes for a one-stroke victory.



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