You Oughta Know: Reed could join exclusive club


While he has struggled to back up his infamous comments from March, Patrick Reed is in position to join some elite company Sunday at Congressional Country Club. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Quicken Loans National, where Reed holds a two-shot lead:

• With a win, Reed could join Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only players since 1960 with four PGA Tour wins before their 24th birthday. Reed, who turns 24 in August, has two wins this season in addition to his maiden victory at the Wyndham Championship last year.

• Reed has already displayed a penchant for playing well with the lead. He has converted each of his three prior 54-hole leads into victories, and Sunday will begin two shots ahead of three players.

• After his win at Doral, Reed declared himself one of the "top five" players in the game, but since then has failed to back it up, with five missed cuts in eight starts and no finish better than his tie for 35th at the U.S. Open.

• Seung-Yul Noh tied for fourth at Congressional in 2013 and played his way into contention again with a 5-under 66. A winner earlier this year in New Orleans, Noh will begin the final round tied for second as he looks to become the first Korean-born player to win twice on the PGA Tour in the same year since Y.E. Yang won the Honda Classic and PGA Championship in 2009.

Marc Leishman will start the final round alongside Noh at 4 under, two shots behind Reed, with hopes of continuing a banner season for Australia on the PGA Tour. Five Aussies have already won in 2014, most recently when Adam Scott took the Crowne Plaza Invitational in a playoff. Leishman's lone PGA Tour win came at the Travelers Championship in 2012.

• Hudson Swafford was the last player in the field this week, gaining entry when William McGirt withdrew on Wednesday. He's made the most of his opportunity, and will begin the final round tied for fifth, three shots off the lead. Swafford has made only seven of 20 cuts this season, with his best finish coming at the Sony Open where he tied for eighth.

• Players in contention Sunday will also have Royal Liverpool on their minds, as up to four berths into the Open Championship could be awarded to players who finish inside the top 12 and are not otherwise exempt into the field. Six players who have yet to punch their ticket for the Open will begin the final round within three shots of the lead: Noh, Swafford, Freddie Jacobson, Richard H. Lee, Shawn Stefani and Ben Martin.