Reed wins in Maui

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Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Patrick Reed edged Jimmy Walker in a playoff to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui.

Reed, 24, claimed his fourth PGA Tour crown with a stylish 18-foot putt to birdie the first playoff hole after Walker found the rough and then saw his chip roll over the green as the pressure told.

The Texan trailed Walker by four shots with as many holes remaining in the final round, but he hit a sensational 80-foot approach shot to eagle the 16th and birdied two others to set up the playoff duel.

“I just stayed patient. That was the main thing all day,” Reed told Sky Sports 4. “Just stay patient and try not to get ahead of myself and make any careless errors.”

Reed, who won two PGA Tour titles last year, is now already targeting more wins in 2015.

“(My) confidence levels are really high, it’s been a great calendar year, but at the same time I need to keep working at my game, tighten up some things and continue moving forward and hopefully be a multi-winner in years to come,” he added.

“Everyone gets on a hot streak, the main thing is to stay consistent and keep moving forward.”

By contrast Walker will be left kicking himself after he failed to birdie after the 10th hole and his chip fell short as he missed a chance to win and avoid the playoff on the 18th.

The 35-year-old hit his first bogey in 33 holes on the 14th and never really recovered after that as he shot 69 on the last day to finish on 21 under overall alongside Reed.

“It was there for me to win,” Walker told www.pgatour.com. “It was a bummer I didn’t close the door on it.”

Hideki Matsuyama, who shared the lead with Walker going into the final day, missed birdie chances on each of the last four holes as he shot 70 and fell one short of the playoff.

Joining him on 20 under were Russell Henley and Jason Day, who became the second player of the day to equal the course record of 62 after Chris Kirk first managed the feat in the morning.

South Korea’s Bae Sang-moon shot a final-day 70 to fall three shots behind, while Zach Johnson was a shot further back and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson joined Robert Streb on 16 under.

Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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