Reed rallies to nearly win Valspar


Patrick Reed clearly doesn’t have an issue compartmentalizing.

After a week in which he was in the news for what he may or may not have done during his past, Reed returned attention to his present by nearly winning the Valspar Championship.

Five back to start the day, Reed fired a bogey-free 66 Sunday at Innisbrook, rolling in a 30-footer on the 72nd hole to finish 10 under for the championship and in a three-way playoff with Jordan Spieth and Sean O’Hair.

Following an opening birdie on the par-5 first, Reed made nine straight pars and closed his round with four birdies over his final eight holes.

Once in the playoff, he authored two impressive up-and-downs from less-than-ideal spots, buried in the lip of the front bunker on 18 and stuck in the thick rough over the green on 16. He looked as if he was once again about to save par from the bunker on the third extra hole, but Spieth, his 2014 Ryder Cup partner, ended the playoff and won the tournament.

“It had to be a matter of time when someone was going to make a birdie, and unfortunately I was 0 for 3 on the three playoff holes on hitting the greens,” Reed said. “So, I really didn’t have much of a chance.”

Still, Reed played his final 30 holes on the Copperhead course 8 under par and without a single dropped shot.