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Reed victorious in Maui
Patrick Reed overcame Jimmy Walker by a whisker in a tense play-off to secure victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii.
The 24-year-old Callaway golfer claimed his fourth PGA Tour crown with a sublime 18-foot putt to birdie the first play-off hole following Walker’s shot finding the rough and then his chip rolling over the green as the pressure on both men began to tell.
For a while it looked as though Reed, who trailed Walker by four shots with as many holes still to play, would not find a way through his opponents attack. It was going to take something magical to force Walker’s lead to slip, and that’s just what happened as the Texan rattled a sensational 80-foot approach shot for eagle on the 16th and then birdied two more to set up an enticing play-off.
Speaking to Sky Sports 4 after the contest, Reed said: "I just stayed patient. That was the main thing all day. Just stay patient and try not to get ahead of myself and make any careless errors."
Reed is already plotting his next PGA Tour title wins for 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."
Walker left frustrated
Of course, when one golfer wins, another has to come second, and Walker will be seeing that birdie miss after the 10th hole, as well as his chip which fell short of the target, in his nightmares.
The 35-year-old could be forgiven for thinking he was on course for a title win, especially seeing as that bogey was his first in 33 holes when it struck on the 14th, and from there he never really recovered, clutching for something to cling to as his lead gradually crumbled. He shot a 69 on the last day to finish on 21 under overall alongside Reed.
Speaking to www.pgatour.com, Walker made no excuses for his loss. "It was there for me to win," he admitted. "It was a bummer I didn't close the door on it."
What’s in the Winners Bag?
We take a peek inside Patrick Reed’s bag to check out the gear that earned him victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii: