Patrick Reed wins Farmers Insurance coverage Open by 5 pictures a day after guidelines controversy

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SAN DIEGO — Patrick Reed was so unaffected by a guidelines controversy a day earlier that he received the Farmers Insurance coverage Open by 5 pictures, the largest margin in his 9 profession PGA Tour victories.

Reed closed with a 4-under 68 at Torrey Pines, making an eagle on the par-5 sixth and ending off his dominating Sunday with a birdie on the 18th.

The previous Masters champion completed at 14 below after a constant 4 days on the bluff-top municipal programs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He shared the first-round lead with Alexander Noren, was in a bunch one shot off the lead within the second spherical after which shared the third-round lead with Carlos Ortiz.

Reed mentioned staying mentally sturdy and good play along with his wedge and putter had been sufficient to “preserve me within the golf match and actually allowed me to have a enjoyable stroll up 18.”

The controversy arose Saturday on the par-4 tenth, the place Reed hit a 190-yard shot out of a bunker, with a TV replay displaying the ball bounced as soon as earlier than settling into the tough. With out ready for an official, Reed picked up the ball to see if it was embedded. Reed informed the official that nobody in his group nor a close-by volunteer noticed it bounce. He was awarded a free drop and saved par in a spherical of 70.

On Sunday, Reed jump-started his spherical with a 45-foot eagle putt on the No. 6 to get to 12 below and adopted with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. His solely bogey was on the par-3 eighth, and he rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 ninth. He performed par the remainder of the best way, till sinking an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

“I used to be allowed to sort of put it behind me when the top guidelines official comes up and says you probably did every little thing you had been alleged to do,” Reed mentioned. “If you do every little thing you are alleged to do, on the finish of the day that is all you may management.

“Going into at the moment, I felt good, I felt assured and actually went to the golf course, plugged in my headphones and simply sort of bought in my world with my coach and bought to that first tee.”

Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Ryan Palmer, Henrik Norlander and Viktor Hovland tied for second.

Reed mentioned he was resilient.

“I knew at the moment was going to be a grind, particularly with that leaderboard and seeing what number of huge names had been proper round there on the high. I knew you had been going to should exit and play on offense. You could not play protection. You needed to go on the market and shoot a quantity,” Reed defined.

“It was sort of shaky there early on at first, sort of a pair pictures that appeared to sort of get a bit of bit away from me. However I used to be capable of depend on the quick recreation early and get in a groove there in the midst of the spherical.”

Hovland had been the closest in pursuit on Sunday, with 4 birdies on the entrance 9, together with on the ninth to get to 12 below. However the birdies dried up, and he bogeyed Nos. 14, 15 and 17 — lacking a 2-footer on 17 — in a spherical of 1-under 71.

“The entrance 9 was superior, made 4 birdies and was simply actually strong tee to inexperienced; made some putts there, as properly,” Hovland mentioned. “On the again, I did not actually really feel like I performed dangerous in any respect, you recognize; it was simply a few errors, and it is really easy to only let issues sort of slip away.

“Nevertheless it’s cool to sort of be up there having an opportunity to win. Did not work out this time, however I really feel like I realized quite a bit.”

Ortiz stumbled badly with a spherical of 6-over 78. He damage himself with three bogeys on the entrance 9 that left him even on the flip. He had much more bother on the again 9, the place he bogeyed No. 11 and had bother getting out of a greenside bunker on No. 12, taking a double-bogey 6. He bogeyed Nos. 15, 16 and 18.

Rory McIlroy closed with a 1-over 73, completed eight pictures behind and nonetheless was a giant story on Sunday. With a lot consideration on Reed taking aid from the embedded lie on Saturday, McIlroy had one thing comparable occur on the 18th gap within the third spherical. When McIlroy lastly discovered the ball, he decided it was embedded, knowledgeable the opposite two gamers in his group and dropped it into deep tough proper off the golf green.

The PGA Tour issued a press release earlier Sunday that each gamers proceeded below the principles. Reed took one additional step by calling for a guidelines official to verify, although he had already eliminated the ball from the place it had been.

“You are making an attempt to take care of the information that you’ve at the moment, and the information that Patrick had at the moment was the ball hadn’t bounced, and the information that I had at the moment was the identical,” McIlroy mentioned. “And I went down and on my life, that ball of mine was plugged, it was in its personal pitch mark, so I took aid.

“In golf, you’d fairly be on the improper aspect of the principles than the suitable aspect of them, simply because that is simply what our recreation’s about.”

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