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Reed thumps Lefty to improve to 3-0 at Match Play

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AUSTIN, Texas – That highly anticipated match between Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson?

It turned into a rout.

In one of the four winner-take-all matches Friday at the WGC-Dell Match Play, Reed jumped out to a huge lead on the Hall of Famer and cruised to a 5-and-4 victory to earn a spot in the round of 16. 

“For some reason,” Reed said, “I’ve been getting off to quick starts and keeping the pressure on the guys.”

Mickelson didn’t help his cause, starting double bogey-bogey to fall 2 down. Reed got up-and-down out of the hazard on 3, then ran off two birdies and an eagle over the next three holes. When he holed out a 95-yard wedge shot on 10, he held a 7-up lead.

“Everything was kind of falling in place where things were going my way,” he said. “I was hitting some quality golf shots.”

Up next for Reed is Dustin Johnson, who defeated Kiradech Aphibarnrat in a playoff to advance out of his group.