Reed on Valero runner-up: 'I'm still first loser'


Patrick Reed made a late rally at the Valero Texas Open, but ultimately it wasn't enough to catch Charley Hoffman.

Reed birdied the 72nd hole to briefly tie for the lead, then watched as Hoffman rolled in a 9-foot birdie putt for a one-shot victory at TPC San Antonio. After a 3-under 69, Reed was left with his second runner-up finish of the season - an unexpected result given his play earlier in the week.

"With the way I was hitting the ball on Friday, the way I hit the ball Saturday and, you know, today was missing a lot of short putts, I'm shocked I even had a chance," Reed said. "To make him have to make that 9-footer on the last, he did so. He won the golf tournament."

Reed started the day three shots off the pace, but as the leaders began to fall back he found himself within one shot of Hoffman coming down the stretch. A missed birdie putt from 8 feet on No. 16, however, was followed by a 9-foot miss on the next hole, allowing Hoffman to maintain a cushion that ultimately proved decisive with clutch par saves on the same two holes.

"I thought the ones on 16 and 17 were in," Reed said. "I guess you hit it closer is the moral of the story."

Reed now has a Tour-leading eight top-10 finishes this season, including four in his last five starts dating back to the Valspar Championship. But he hasn't won since the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and another close call brought little solace as he once again fell short of his ultimate goal.

"I'm still first loser," Reed said. "I'm tired of finishing in second and top five and top 10. I need to close out tournaments and get Ws."