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Reed at 16th: Ace, then race

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HUMBLE, Texas – Patrick Reed didn’t let a bad leg keep him from authoring the highlight of the tournament at the Shell Houston Open.

A resident of Houston, Reed aced the par-3 16th during the third round, then drew a raucous ovation from the crowd when he raced caddie and brother-in-law Kessler Karain across the bridge that linked the tee box and green.

“Just one of those perfect 5-iron numbers,” said Reed, whose hole-in-one came from 178 yards. “Actually hit just a tad right of the flag, and with my little draw just saw it bounce a little left and perfect speed, just fell in the middle of the cup.”

The ace helped Reed post a 5-under 67 in the third round, and at 10 under he sits four shots behind Jordan Spieth, who beat Reed in a playoff last month at the Valspar Championship. As for the impromptu race with his bag man?

“I thought if I got a little speed on him to catch up, I might be able to take him,” Reed said. “He’s just a little too quick.”

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Reed’s sprinting skills likely weren’t helped by the fact that he tweaked his left knee during the opening round. This is not an ideal time for an injury with the Masters just days away, but Reed has been receiving treatment and insists it’s not a significant issue.

“It’s getting a lot better,” he said. “The only thing is sometimes when I load up on that left side, kind of twist that knee into impact, that’s when I kind of feel some pain. But luckily when I’m bending or walking, I don’t really feel it too bad.”