New irons help Reed get back on track

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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Patrick Reed stopped the bleeding, at least.

With Cherry Hills soft, with scoring going low at the BMW Championship Friday, a round of even-par 70 still worked for Reed as he seeks to turn momentum his way heading to the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup.

Reed, having a breakthrough year that earned him his first American Ryder Cup roster spot, was coming off a couple bad rounds in a row. He shot 82 at the Deutsche Bank and 77 to open the BMW Championship.

Reed said some fatigue, some worn irons and the nature of the game caught up with him, but he isn’t worried about his form.

“It’s golf,” Reed said. “I haven’t had two bad rounds in a long time. It doesn’t mean much to me.


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“It’s my sixth week in a row playing. We’re learning how to play six, seven weeks in a row. We’re doing a lot of things well, we just have to put them all together, and I have to get out of my own way.”

Reed said he helped himself switching out his irons before Friday’s round, going with a new set of Callaway irons.

“I needed to make a switch,” Reed said. “The grooves were getting worn out. Yesterday, I hit a lot of good quality shots at the flag that either jumped or were knuckly. They just didn’t look like they were flying well. Today, just by switching irons, I felt my distance control was back and I was able to play some golf.”