Patrick Reed’s fourth 54-hole lead proved much more difficult to hold.
Searching for his fourth victory in the past 10 ½ months, Reed instead surrendered a two-shot lead Sunday on his way to a final-round 77 at the Quicken Loans National.
Wearing a red shirt and black slacks, Reed made only five pars during a wild final round that saw him drop all the way out of the top 10 to joint 11th, four shots out of the playoff. His fellow playing competitor, Seung-yul Noh, shot a back-nine 43 en route to a final-round 79.
“I did a lot of things great this week,” Reed said afterward, “but this definitely burns and it definitely gets me more fired up for more events coming up.”
Reed, the 23-year-old trying to join Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only players since 1960 to win four or more events before their 24th birthday, had slammed the door during final rounds at the Wyndham, Humana and WGC-Cadillac at Doral, but he got off to a turbulent start Sunday when he failed to make a par on his first six holes. Reed was still in front when he came to the tee on the par-3 10th, but he flared his tee shot in the water, leading to a double bogey, and then dropped two more shots on the 11th after a terrible drive and 3-wood approach.
Reed’s poor finish continued a curious trend. In his last 23 starts, he has three victories but no other top-10 finishes. He also has seven missed cuts and six finishes outside the top 30 during that span.