Patrick Reed rallies to shock Jimmy Walker in playoff
Patrick Reed rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Monday to defeat Jimmy Walker and win the US PGA Tour`s Tournament of Champions.
Reed had holed out for eagle on the 16th to grab a share of the lead at 2-under par. After a bogey at 17 he birdied the par-five 18th at Kapalua`s Plantation course regulation to complete a 67 for 21-under 271.
"I just stayed patient. That was the main thing all day, I just tried to stay patient and tried not get ahead of myself, tried not to make any careless errors," Reed said. "Luckily, I was able to hole a wedge shot on 16 to kind of get the momentum, but unfortunately I missed another short putt (at 17).
"Here on the last, I gave myself that chance and I was lucky enough to make it."
Walker, who came into the final round tied for the lead with Japan`s Hideki Matsuyama, parred the final four holes en route to a 69 that also put him on 271.
The two returned to the tee on the 18th for the playoff.
Reed was in the right rough off the tee but hit a good second shot into the fairway.
Walker was in the fairway off the tee, but hit his second shot into a grandstand.
Reed chipped his third to 18 feet before Walker pitched his third over the green after taking a drop in the rough.
Walker chipped back to six feet, but never hit the putt after Reed drained his birdie attempt to seal his fourth PGA Tour title.
Walker, a three-time winner last season, had a three-shot lead with eight holes to play, and he missed a long birdie chance at the final hole of regulation that would have given him the win."It was there for me to take and it just didn`t happen," said Walker, who will try to bounce back later this week when he defends his Sony Open title at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
Australia`s Jason Day matched the course record as he fired an 11-under 62 in the final round.
Day shared third place on 272 with Russell Henley, who carded a 67, and Matsuyama, who closed with a three-under par 70.
South Korea`s Bae Sang-Moon also posted a 70 and was lone in sixth on 274.
Last year`s champion Zach Johnson fired a 67 to end in seventh on 275.
Chris Kirk also fired an 11-under 62 on Monday, like Day matching the course record that South Korea`s K.J. Choi set in 2003 and Northern Ireland`s Graeme McDowell matched in 2011.
Kirk finished with a share of 14th place on 279.
Masters champion Bubba Watson, the highest-ranked player in the field at fourth in the world, carded a 70 that left him six shots off the lead.
The $5.7 million tournament, limited to last season`s tournament winners, was the first US PGA Tour stop of 2015 as the 2014-15 campaign resumed after a December break.