PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Honda Classic didn’t go according to plan for Mr. Monday.
Patrick Reed thrived on Monday qualifiers while breaking through on the PGA Tour in 2012, and he won earlier this year in a Monday finish at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. But Reed limped home during Monday’s conclusion at PGA National, playing his final four holes in 4 over to finish in a tie for seventh.
“I was kind of fighting my game these past two rounds,” Reed said. “I guess I was aiming a little right, probably because I didn’t want to miss everything left. Started actually hitting the ball straighter, so seemed like the ball was going a little bit right.”
Reed began the morning one shot behind co-leaders Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, and he grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie on No. 14, one of only two birdies he made during the final round. His tee shot on the par-3 15th found the water, leading to a double bogey, and Reed was bitten twice more by the Bear Trap, making bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17 that ended his title hopes.
“I actually felt like I hit a pretty good iron shot on 15. Just kind of ballooned on me,” he said. “I felt like I hit the ball pretty solid. Missed a couple of shorties, and besides that it was a rough day.”
Reed’s final-round 73 ended his streak of 21 consecutive rounds of par or better. He will now try to begin a new streak, as he defends his title at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral.
“Any time you feel like you didn’t have your A-game and struggling a little bit, to be able to finish inside the top 10 is always good,” Reed said.