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By : BGA Proshop
Starting the day at 10 under with Carlos Ortiz, Ortiz had a shocker of a day while Reed put the pressure on and won the tournament by 5 shots.
His win was not without controversy on Saturday as he took a ruling without checking with his playing partners or rule officials first, only calling in an official after he had moved his ball.
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee was quick to take aim at Reed.
“In the same way that there is a marked distinction between law and morality, there is a marked distinction in this case between what he was legally allowed to do and what he ethically appeared to be doing,” Chamblee said.
“There is an unwritten code that players adhere to around the golf ball which, in most cases, is obviates the necessity to have a rules official.
“He violated that code in so many ways that even the rules officials themselves were sort of stammering as to how to address it.
“Nonetheless, he pulled it out, palmed it and then poked around in the hole for a period of time. Never seen anybody do that. Ever.
“Now, I either texted or talked to 15 to 20 tour players, current and past tour players, some of them Hall of Fame members, over the past 24 hours. Not a single player was in defence of what Patrick Reed did.”
Reed though defended his actions and claimed he did nothing wrong.
“We did exactly what we were supposed to do,” Reed said.
“That’s what we felt is the right thing and what the rules officials thought was the right thing.”
“Whenever we’re taking relief, we check to see if it’s embedded,” Reed said.
“When I marked the ball, I lifted the ball and I put my finger down there. There was a lip on both sides. It had broken the plane (of the ground) so there was relief.”
Reed got his final round going with an eagle on the 6th and backed it up with a birdie on the 7th. He bogeyed the 8th but bounced back with another birdie on the 9th.
Viktor Hovland was the only man to really challenge Reed was four under on his front nine and at the turn was only one shot off Reed. He had a shocker on the inward nine and three bogeys put a halt to his challenge.
Reed on the other hand was solid and capped his win with a birdie on his 18th hole.
"I was allowed to kind of put it behind me when the head rules official comes up and says you did everything you were supposed to do,'' Reed said. "When you do everything you're supposed to do, at the end of the day that's all you can control.
"Going into today, I felt good, I felt confident and really went to the golf course, plugged in my headphones and just kind of got in my world with my coach and got to that first tee.''
Reed said he was resilient.
"I knew today was going to be a grind, especially with that leaderboard and seeing how many big names were right around there at the top. I knew you were going to have to go out and play on offense. You couldn't play defense. You had to go out there and shoot a number," Reed explained.
"It was kind of shaky there early on in the beginning, kind of a couple shots that seemed to kind of get a little bit away from me. But I was able to rely on the short game early and get in a groove there in the middle of the round.''