WGC-Mexico: Patrick Reed edges out Bryson DeChambeau on final day
Patrick Reed answered his critics as he produced an outstanding end to maintain a victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Reed came with his ethics at Chapultepec facing scrutiny after Brooks Koepka reignited the controversy against the Hero World Challenge accusing the former Masters champion for improving his lie at a fairway bunker through the third round when he incurred a penalty of cheating.
Reed let his golf do the speaking also three late birdies on the day saw him gave him the luxury of some two-stroke benefit to shoot down the last and surpass Bryson DeChambeau.
With light fading, Reed obstructed his tee shot into the trees at the right and was forced to pitch back out to the fairway, and a tugged third found the core of the green but left him with a catchy two-putt from more than 30 ft to lock his eighth PGA championship title.
However he was up to the battle and lagged to 18 inches before tapping in to cover a 67 and a winning score of 18 under level which left DeChambeau counting the cost of a bogey at the 17th having previously broken clear of a congested leaderboard with seven birdies in nine holes around the turn.
Overnight leader Justin Thomas took herself out of the running when he followed bogeys in seven and eight with a double-bogey at the 10th, while Rory McIlroy along with Ryder Cup team-mates Jon Rahm were unable to keep starts and settled for third and fifth respectively.
Erik Van Rooyen also faded down the stretch after before being among five players to occupy share of the guide within an interesting final day, which finished with Reed hoisting his next World Golf Championship silverware at exactly the exact same occasion, his first arrival at Doral at 2014.
The gritty American birdied the first but then had to scramble hard on several occasions as he assembled 10 straight pars, a run he snapped using a welcome birdie in the 12th until he wrapped in a eight-footer for apartment in 13 to stay at 16 under.
DeChambeau’s eighth birdie of the round raised both clear of Reed since the group separated themselves from the chasing pack, but the chief faltered in the short 17th after his tee shot came up over 60 feet short of the flag and, after racing his birdie putt 10 feet past, he narrowly missed the return to open the doorway for Reed.
Along with the 29-year-old captured his opportunity with a fantastic pitch-and-putt for birdie at 15, a superb approach to three feet which put up another gain at the 16th, and Reed then eased the strain greatly when he rattled at a 17-foot putt for a priceless two around the penultimate green.
Because he finished the tournament of Rahm and Van Rooyen reed averted disaster to produce the bogey he needed to edge out his initial top-10, along with DeChambeau, whose final 65 left him comfortably his very best finish at a WGC.
Rahm fired a 61, including a hole-in-one in the 17th, to storm to contention on day three, and he carried that momentum into birdies at each of their first five holes and the last round lifted him into a tie on top.
However, the birdies dried up to the Spaniard, and a unsatisfactory bogey-six in the 11th would leave him to make up on Reed and DeChambeau as he depended with Van Rooyen.
The Southern African also got off to a hot start with back-to-back birdies until he bogeyed the third, and his first struggle was blindsided by a double-bogey six at the 10th, although late birdies at 15 and 16 secured a spot on the podium with world No 3 Rahm.
McIlroy managed to get himself inside one of the head when he birdied three of the first six holes despite not being at top of his game, and he did not card another birdie before the 16th in a 68 that earned him outright fifth – his third top-five as many starts this season – on 14 under par.
Tyrrell Hatton continued to impress in his first tournament since November with undergone wrist operation in the off-season, and he was acquired by his fifth birdie of the day in the 15th before a bogey at 17 finished his slim chances.
Hatton’s 68 left him in a tie for sixth with Hideki Matsuyama (67) along with Thomas, whose capitulation has been the greatest surprise of an enthralling Sunday at Mexico.