Fourth Appearance (Best Finish: Win, 2015) Qualifying win: THE NORTHERN TRUST
American Patrick Reed has a strong history at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, winning the event in 2015 in dramatic fashion, holing out from the fairway for an eagle-two at the par-4 16th in the final round and defeating Jimmy Walker in a playoff. This past year, he finished solo second to runaway winner, Jordan Spieth.
Heading into the FedExCup Playoffs, Reed’s return to Kapalua was uncertain. After THE NORTHERN TRUST? Not so uncertain. Reed fired a final-round 70 to edge Emiliano Grillo and Sean O’Hair by one stroke at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park. The win was the fifth of Reed’s career, and helped him to a final FedExCup ranking of third, a career-best finish.
“I feel great,” Reed said following his victory. “Any time you can come from behind on Sunday to win a golf tournament, means you must be doing something right. To build yourself a lead to come down the last couple was huge, especially around a place like this, because those last holes are just so difficult.”
Reed’s play in 2016 helped him represent the United States in two international competitions, at the Olympics in Rio in August and at the Ryder Cup in late October. At the Ryder Cup, Reed was the sparkplug for the U.S. team, recording a 3-1-1 record that was highlighted by a dramatic singles win on Sunday over Rory McIlroy.