Reed after 6-over 76: 'The golf course beat me'


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Patrick Reed likely blew a chance to win his first major Saturday at the U.S. Open and he was not pleased with himself.

Playing in the final group alongside Ryder Cup partner Jordan Spieth, Reed chopped his way around Chambers Bay and shot 76, the highest score of anyone in the top 25.

“It’s unacceptable the way I played,” Reed said. “It’s just ridiculous. To have a four-putt, I could have done that left-handed. So it was horrendous out there. And the golf course beat me.”

Reed, 24, bogeyed the second hole and it seemed to unsettle him right from the start. He added another on the fifth then made double bogey on the seventh hole because of the aforementioned four putt. He made two birdies on the back, but also made three more bogeys and is tied for ninth place with five others, five shots behind the leaders.

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There is work to do, to be sure, and Reed knows that it’s going to be difficult, even unlikely, to pull out a victory. Expect him to swing for the fences.

“If it stays firmer, faster, and the wind blows, I have a chance,” he said. “I have to go really love. I don’t see all the guys that are ahead of my going and shooting over par.

“I’m going to have to shoot 6 of 7 (under) for me to realistically have a shot.”