KAPALUA, Hawaii – Patrick Reed has seen this before, just last year at the Valspar Championship as a matter of fact when Jordan Spieth outdueled him in extra holes.
Still, Spieth’s second-round 64 while paired with Reed on Friday in Maui was probably tough to take considering Reed has been nearly perfect from the fairway this week. Last year’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation on Day 2 and has hit 33 for 36 for the week.
Despite that impressive line, Reed is tied for second place after a second-round 69 and trails Spieth by four strokes at the Plantation Course.
“Today, I felt like I didn't quite hit the ball solid like I needed to and because of that, even though I was hitting a lot of greens, I wasn't hitting it as close as yesterday,” said Reed, whose proximity to the hole was 47 feet on Friday, more than double his Day 1 line (24 feet). “I had some longer putts and unfortunately, today I didn't really roll many in and didn't have any kick-in birdies.”