Former Jag Patrick Reed shares lead at Wyndham Championship

Reed gets hot at just the right time

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed began the third round of the Wyndham Championship with a one-stroke advantage.

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Former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed reacts after his putt on No. 17 for a fourth consecutive birdie slid past the hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship. He had an up-and-down 71 on Saturday.  BOB LEVERONE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed reacts after his putt on No. 17 for a fourth consecutive birdie slid past the hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship. He had an up-and-down 71 on Saturday.

Now that he’s tied at the top with John Huh and eight other players are within two shots of the lead, he’s treating the final round like a Monday qualifier.

“I had a lot of success at Monday qualifiers, and that’s basically what it is,’’ said Reed, who shot 1-over-par 71 on Saturday. “I let everybody back in the field and to now, all of a sudden to have it as bunched as it is, it’s going to be whoever can make as many birdies as possible tomorrow and shoot a low number.”

Reed and Huh, who shot even-par 70 on Saturday, are at 10-under 200.

Zach Johnson had the day’s best round – 66 – and is one stroke back along with Bob Estes and John Deere winner Jordan Spieth. Estes shot 68, and Spieth had 70.

There weren’t many of those during a rainy day at a Sedgefield Country Club course with challenging pin placements.

Reed, a 23-year-old PGA Tour rookie, looked as if he might be in trouble after a pair of bogeys midway through the round dropped him two strokes behind Spieth.

Then he got hot.

The turning point, Reed said, was a strong drive on the par-4 14th that eventually set up his 20-foot birdie putt.

He followed that with shots on the next two holes that left him with birdie putts of 5 feet that he sank.

Reed was inches from a fourth consecutive birdie when his putt on the 17th trickled past the cup, and he slipped to 10-under when his par putt on the 18th went inches wide.

Huh, the PGA Tour’s reigning rookie of the year, refused to let tough conditions – and one terrible hole – get him down. He shook off a triple bogey on his second hole, making up for it with three birdies in a four-hole stretch of the back nine.

“I told myself, ‘Be patient, stay dry and keep grinding out there,’” Huh said.

Huh began the day a stroke back after 62 in the second round. His 7 on the second caused him to plummet down the leaderboard, but he followed that with 10 consecutive pars before a birdie binge.

Johnson was one of the few players who didn’t seem to struggle much on this soggy day, with five birdies during a round that was bogey free until the last hole.

The 2007 Masters champion began the day at 5 under – six strokes behind Reed, but methodically pushed his way up the leaderboard during the round. Then, he surged to the top with two birdies in a four-hole span of the back nine.

He placed his approach shot on the par-4 14th roughly 15 feet from the flagstick and sank that putt to move to 10 under. A three-putt on the 18th for bogey dropped him back.

“Frankly, for 17 holes, I didn’t look like I was going to sniff a bogey,” Johnson said. “For the most part, it was solid from hole 1 to hole 18.”

HOWELL DISQUALIFIED

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Augusta’s Charles Howell was disqualified from the Wyndham Championship because the weight port cover on his driver came off before his second round.

The disqualification for using a non-conforming driver was announced before Howell’s third round. PGA Tour rules official Tony Wallin said another official told him about Howell’s driver early Saturday.

Howell was five shots behind leader and former Augusta State star Patrick Reed.

– Associated Press


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