Reed back at 'breakthrough' venue to defend title

Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:23pm EDT
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(Reuters) - A year ago, Patrick Reed clinched his first title on the PGA Tour to spark a scintillating run of form that included two more victories on the U.S. circuit, but that maiden win remains the highlight of his career so far.

Despite having gone on to land one of the elite World Golf Championships events, the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in March, Reed will always hold very special memories of his breakthrough at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

Simply being back at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro to defend his Wyndham title this week has given the 24-year-old American good reason to smile from ear to ear.

"It's amazing, just the feeling coming back to a place where we won our first event, the support we've had ever since we've been here," Reed told reporters while preparing for Thursday's opening round.

"It really jump-started my career, that's for sure. I played really well here, and being able to cap it off and win, it led to me being able to play very well for almost a full year in a row. Hopefully that will continue."

With his wife Justine working as his caddie, Reed won last year's title in sensational fashion, beating fellow American and rookie Jordan Spieth in a playoff after hitting a remarkable shot from a seemingly impossible position.

The Texan young gun had seemed destined for defeat after slicing his drive way right at the second extra hole, the par-four 10th at Sedgefield, and he initially feared it had gone out-of-bounds.

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Jun 28, 2014; Bethesda, MD, USA; Patrick Reed hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the third round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club - Blue Course. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports