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Patrick Reed is youngest ever WGC winner after Cadillac Championship triumph
Patrick Reed made history when he became the youngest ever winner of a WGC event on Sunday by securing victory by a single stroke at the Cadillac Championship.
The 23-year-old carded a final round 72 to finish one stroke ahead of Jamie Donaldson (70) and Bubba Watson (68), who – while on three-under-par each - were the only players on the field to break par at Doral’s Blue Monster.
Patrick Reed’s confidence was not reserved for the golf course, either. The youngster believes that he is currently one of the top five golfers in the world. He said: "I've worked so hard. I won a lot in junior career, did great things in amateur career, was 6-0 in match play at NCAA's, won NCAA's two years in a row... and now I have three wins out here on the PGA Tour."
He added: "To come out like this go wire to wire I feel like I proved myself. I hit the ball so good this week and my putting was outstanding.
"I don't see a lot of guys who have done that other than Tiger Woods and the legends of the game. I am one of the top five players in the world. I feel I have proven myself."
Three shots behind second-placed duo Donaldson and Watson on even par were Richard Sterne (71) and Dustin Johnson (72), while Stephen Gallacher (69), Thongchai Jaidee (68) and Bill Haas (71) were one stroke back at one over.
With the outward confidence extruding from Reed, there was little celebration from world number one Tiger Woods after he endured one of the worst Sunday’s of his career.
Although he was the defending champion after winning at Doral for the seventh time in his career last year, Woods struggled to a six-over 78 finish which left him five-over for the event in a tie for 25th place.
Jim Furyk also struggled throughout the weekend and ended on 18-over – a stat he too will need no reminding of this morning.
Both Woods and Furyk – so much better than their respective showings at this event – were the only two players who failed to card a single birdie on the day.
Tiger began the final round three shots back from the leaders and then bogeyed the third hole after accidentally hitting a spectator with one of his powerful drives before cooling his golf ball off by finding the water trap on the same hole moments later.
It was too much for fans of the 14-time major winner to witness, although they may feel compensated with the fact Tiger one again endured back pain which continues to plague his game.
"I was just trying to keep the spasms at bay, but anything in flexion was done. The deeper the flexion, the worse it felt," Woods stated after the final round.
Take a peek in the bag that helped Patrick Reed to victory and check out the gear that earned him all the plaudits for the week of March 9, 2014, at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida:
Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6 Putter