Reed ends title drought at US PGA Northern Trust

Patrick Reed during the third round of the Northern Trust in New Jersey

Patrick Reed during the third round of the Northern Trust in New Jersey

Patrick Reed is reaping the rewards of taking time out from golf and making the most of it.

He is winless in the last 16 months dating to the 2018 Masters. It's not a place he lives (he's 47th on the PGA Tour this season), but when he's up there, he's a nasty out.

Reed, whose heroics in the Ryder Cup earned him the patriotic moniker, emerged from the star-studded leaderboard to shoot a final-round 69 Sunday and win the Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.

"It's close and it feels good", Reed said. "Felt like we were practicing the right way and playing golf on the golf course the right way and the numbers weren't producing".

Listowel's Corey Conners was the low Canadian at The Northern Trust. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., also shot 69 Sunday and finished at 4 under. It was not a shot somebody out of control of his irons could hit. It was his second straight Saturday swoon, and this one could be costly.

Reed's playing partner gave him the biggest challenge.

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His last three wins have all been in do-or-die situations, with two coming in the form of playoff events and the other a major championship.

Four golfers from outside the top 70 at the start of this week secured places in the BMW Championship.

"It's still a decent finish and although I am going to go from two to three in the FedExCup, I am still right there". I'm starting to think clearly while I'm out there and numbers are starting to produce and the game starts turning around. I knew I had to play a solid tournament just to advance, so it was no option.

He will undergo another MRI scan on his right knee in which he suffered a partial torn Anterior Crucial Ligament (ACL) during the Masters after taking a tumble from a hard shot.

Brandt Snedeker had a pair of eagles in his round of 63 that left him two shots behind, along with Jon Rahm of Spain, who had a 69. The event also saw the first eight players confirmed for the European Solheim Cup team. Reed's victory Sunday clinched him a spot in the Tour Championship at East Lake starting on August 22. He won this event three years ago at Bethpage Black, and then hit a drought before winning the Masters in 2018. He then struck a glorious approach to four feet at the 16th, and holed the birdie putt to put him back in front, where he remained.

Hur began her final round with a bogey on the third hole and trailed after eight holes but made her first birdie of the day on the par three 9th, sinking a putt from six feet, to enter a four-way tie for the lead.

Golf ball on a white tee.

DeChambeau defended himself, saying: "When people start talking to me about slow play and how I'm killing the game, I'm doing this and that to the game, that is complete and utter you-know-what". "I kind of went the wrong direction".

The Presidents Cup is on his mind, too.

He moved from 17th in the Presidents Cup standings to 12th - one spot ahead of Woods - and would likely make the team with another victory at Medinah. The victory moves him to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup, assuring he will be at the Tour Championship in two weeks for a shot at the $15 million prize.

If he was thinking about that Saturday, it was because of the location.

Two years ago, he helped lead the United States to victory in the Presidents Cup at this same course, compiling a 3-1-1 record against the worldwide squad.

"But what better place to do it than here, Statue of Liberty in the background, Presidents Cup was here in "17, and hearing 'Captain America" all week, it was definitely a good time to get a W (win)".