Cadillac Championship crowns youngest ever winner in Callaway Golf’s Patrick Reed
This morning Patrick Reed is Callaway Golf’s golden boy after successfully overhauling a strong field in Doral to become the youngest ever player to win a WGC event at the Cadillac Championship on Sunday.
At 23 years old, Reed carded a final round 72 to finish one stroke ahead of Jamie Donaldson (70) and Bubba Watson (68) – incidentally the only two player on the field to break par at the Blue Monster course.
However, it was another head in hands day for fans of Tiger Woods as the world number one failed to defend the title he won last year by giving one of the worst performances of his career.
For Reed, though, there was a surety about him which, although might rub some people up the wrong way, is entirely justified after his excellent showing. The youngster believes he’s one of the best five players in the world right now, confidently stating: "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 continued: "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."
Tiger Woods was once again hampered by back trouble and struggled to find any spark of form. And there was nothing to suggest this was the same player who had dominated world golf for so many years – also winning at Doral seven times in his illustrious career.
A six-over 78 finish which left him five-over for the game did little to ease the growing frustration etched on the faces of those supporters watching from the side lines – of which one (un)fortunate fan was accidentally hit by a golf ball with one of his powerful drives.
A finish which left Woods in a tie for 25th place was far from ideal, but there seemed little other outcome. He began the final round three shots back from the leaders and then bogeyed the third hole before landing his shot in the water trap moments later.
"I was just trying to keep the spasms at bay, but anything in flexion was done. The deeper the flexion, the worse it felt," explained a dejected Woods at the end of the game.
What’s in Patrick Reed’s winning bag?
Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6 Putter