Reed wins WGC-Cadillac Championship

Sun Mar 9, 2014 8:50pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - American Patrick Reed became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship event when he held on for a one shot victory at the Cadillac Championship on Sunday after an ailing Tiger Woods failed to mount a challenge.

Reed shot a final round of even-par 72 to finish the $9 million tournament at four-under 284, one shot clear of Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson. It was Reed's third PGA Tour title in eight months.

"I was hitting the ball so good this week and my putting was just outstanding," said Reed. "Whenever you come to an event and feel very confident with your putting, a lot of pressure on your full swing comes off your shoulders.

"Around a golf course like this you have to be confident and I feel like I've done that really well."

The 23-year-old began the final day with a two-stroke lead and quickly built up a commanding four-shot cushion before fighting off a late challenge from Donaldson.

The Briton birdied the 17th hole to close within one shot of Reed. But when Donaldson bogeyed the last after finding a greenside bunker with his approach shot, Reed was able to lay up and seal victory with a bogey.

Donaldson (68) and Watson (70) finished tied for second at three-under but no-one else finished the tournament under par.

Woods had moved into contention on Saturday with a third round 66 to start the final day three shots behind but returned a six-over 78 to finish tied for 25th.   Continued...

Mar 9, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Patrick Reed hits from the 8th hole fairway during the final round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports