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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I'm working my way up to become a Top-5 player in the world. But the thing is, I just going to take a little time in the fact that I haven't been on the PGA TOUR for very long. One of my goals a long time ago was to make it on The Ryder Cup Team, as well as make it on the Olympics team. I love match play and to actually earn my spot on that team would mean everything to me. We're going to work very hard and keep on moving forward, and, you know, secure that.”
BRAIN TEASER: How many WGC events has Patrick Reed played in, in his career?
GO FOR THE GOLD! While its still two years away, little is known about golf’s role in the upcoming Olympic Games. That isn’t the case anymore. “As far as the format is concerned, I know there's been some discussions about that. It is confirmed to be 72-hole event stroke-play competition. The field of play will be 60 players for both the men and the women. The men will be playing in the first week of the Olympic competition, the women in the second week,” reported Ty Votaw, VP of the International Golf Federation. “Many questions have been asked as to why we chose that format. We had a number of reasons for doing so. One was feedback from the players themselves who felt that if every other significant golf championship in our sport were 72-hole event stroke play; they felt that it was the fairest and best way to determine the champion.
“We also wanted to have the most number of countries be competitive. And obviously if you have one great player from a particular country, especially that of a developing golf country, obviously individual stroke‑play competition is going to make that country more competitive than if there was one great player and perhaps one of lesser stature.
FROM DOWNTOWN! Tiger Woods made a 91’7” putt on the par-4 seventh hole during the second round of the WGC Cadillac Championship. It is the seventh longest putt made on the PGA TOUR since 2003 when ShotLink began tracking shots. It also marked just the ninth time a player has converted a putt of 90 feet or longer on the PGA TOUR during that span. In case you’re wondering who has holed the longest putt, it belongs to Craig Barlow in 2008 at Warwick Hills CC. On the first hole of the fourth round, Barlow drained it from 111’5”!
THEN VERSUS NOW: The cumulative stroke average for the field at the 2014 WGC Cadillac Championship was 73.852. Last year, the course played to 71.354 over four rounds for the field. No doubt one of the reasons for the higher scoring was due to the fact there were a record 318 balls in the water last week, topping the previous high of 220 in 2004. In 2013, 132 found a watery grave!
WINNER’S CLUBS: Patrick Reed’s third PGA TOUR victory comes in only his 51st career PGA TOUR start. His 72-hole winning total of 4-under 284 is the highest since the inception of the Cadillac Championship in 1999. Outside of the WGC events, it ties Mark McCumber’s winning total at Doral in 1985. Reed has now won three times in his last 14 starts on TOUR, dating to his win at the 2013 Wyndham Championship. By comparison, FedExCup leader Jimmy Walker has won three times in his last 11 starts, dating to the season-opening Frys.com Open (Walker’s win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am came in his eighth start during that stretch).
Reed won playing a Big Bertha Alpha Driver (9° loft with a Fuel 75x shaft). According to Callaway Golf, his driver has the Gravity Core with the weight down (towards the sole), which is a mid-level center of gravity. He went to a 43” shaft length back in January at the Humana, where he said, "Ever since I switched to my swing coach, Kevin Kirk, I've stuck with 43 inches, just because I stay a little bit better in pattern in my swing. And working with Callaway, since Byron Nelson last year, they were able to really fit me with the right kind of equipment, right kind of shafts and a combination that really keeps me going and allows me to feel confident in everything I'm doing."
Reed also played a Big Bertha Fairway Wood (16° with a DGX 100 Shaft) X Forged ’13 Irons (3-4) and RAZR X Muscleback Irons (5-PW) along with Mack Daddy 2 Wedges (50°, 56°, 60°). He relied on True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts in both his irons and wedges. He used an Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6 putter in his victory along with an SR 3 golf ball.
Patrick Reed’s Statistics for the Week:
Chesson Hadley took a one shot lead over Danny Lee into the final round and won by two over him at the Puerto Rico Open for his first career win on TOUR. His third-round lead was the first time he held a lead after any round on TOUR, which he was able to convert for a win. Hadley’s 267 for 72-holes break’s Scott Brown’s (2013) tournament record by one shot. Hadley played a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, 913D3 driver (9.5°), 910F fairway metal (13.5°), 712U 3-iron, MB irons (4-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts), Vokey Design SM5 gap (52°), sand (56°) and lob (60°) wedges. His wedges carried True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts in them. He also used an Odyssey White Hot 2-ball putter.
Hadley’s statistical breakdown:
PRESSURE: Closing out a PGA Tour victory is like starting a family. Many dream of doing it, but the reality is often more stressful than imagined. No matter how many times a golfer visualizes it or how thoroughly he prepares for it, there is no way of knowing how he will react until he is in the situation. Brandt Snedeker, a six-time tour winner and father of two, said: “The first couple of times you’re in contention, you have no clue how to act. It’s kind of like having your first kid. You’re calling your doctor 24 hours a day the first five weeks. The only difference is, on the golf course you have no one to call but yourself.” READ MORE>>>
STILL WORK TO BE DONE: Adam Scott says his five over-par performance at the World Golf Championships event in Miami proves he needs to practice more as his Masters title defense looms in one month. Scott failed to break par in any round as he finished tied 25th in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, nine shots behind winner Patrick Reed. READ MORE>>>
PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD: Hideki Matsuyama branded an 'idiot' by Ian Poulter after burying putter in green at WGC-Cadillac Championship. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “I'm working my way up to become a Top-5 player in the world. But the thing is, I just going to take a little time in the fact that I haven't been on the PGA TOUR for very long. One of my goals a long time ago was to make it on The Ryder Cup Team, as well as make it on the Olympics team. I love match play and to actually earn my spot on that team would mean everything to me. We're going to work very hard and keep on moving forward, and, you know, secure that.”--Patrick Reed after his win at Doral. He moves to 20th in the world rankings with his victory.
Patrick Reed won in his second World Golf Championships start. His first was the 2014 Accenture Match Play Championship where he came in T17.
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