Reed wins Kapalua title in playoff

Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:32pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Strong-finishing Patrick Reed held his nerve to beat fellow American Jimmy Walker in a playoff for the $5.7 million Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday to clinch his fourth victory on the PGA Tour.

Reed, who vaulted into contention by spectacularly holing out from the fairway to eagle the par-four 16th, coolly sank an 18-foot birdie putt at the par-five last to win the PGA Tour's opening event of the year.

Walker, who moments earlier had missed a putt from the same distance on the 18th green to land the title in regulation, was six feet short of the cup in four after hitting a poor chip shot for his third which ran off the back of the green.

"Here on the last, I gave myself a chance and I was lucky enough to make it," a beaming Reed, 24, told NBC Sports after being embraced by his wife Justine.

"My confidence level is really high right now. At the same time, you continue to tighten up on things and you continue to move forward."

Reed and Walker had finished the 72 regulation holes in the elite winners-only event on 21-under-par 271, Walker closing with a four-under 69 on the hilly Plantation Course and Reed carding a 67.

Australian Jason Day finished in a tie for third at 20 under with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (70) and American Russell Henley (67) after equaling the tournament course record with a sizzling 62.

Walker, like Reed bidding for a fourth victory on the PGA Tour, was left to rue missed chances after squandering a three-shot lead with eight holes to play.   Continued...