Patrick Reed was so unaffected by a principles discussion daily prior that he won the Farmers Insurance Open by five shots, the greatest edge in his nine vocation PGA Tour triumphs.
Reed shut with a 4-under 68 at Torrey Pines, making a hawk on the standard 5 6th and polishing off his ruling Sunday with a birdie on the eighteenth.
The previous Masters champion completed at 14 under following a steady four days at the feign top city courses neglecting the Pacific Ocean. He imparted the first-round lead to Alexander Noren, was in a gathering one shot off the lead in the second round and afterward imparted the third-round lead to Carlos Ortiz.
Reed said remaining intellectually solid and great play with his wedge and putter were sufficient to “keep me in the golf tournament and really allowed me to have a fun stroll up 18.”
The controversy arose Saturday on the standard 4 tenth, where Reed hit a 190-yard shot out of a shelter, with a TV replay indicating the ball ricocheted once prior to subsiding into the harsh. Without sitting tight for an authority, Reed got the ball to check whether it was inserted. Reed told the authority that nobody in his gathering nor a close by volunteer saw it ricochet. He was granted a free drop and saved standard in a series of 70.
On Sunday, Reed kicked off his round with a 45-foot bird putt on the No. 6 to get to 12 under and followed with a birdie on the standard 4 seventh. His solitary intruder was on the standard 3 eighth, and he bounced back with a birdie on the standard 5 10th. He played standard the remainder of the way, until sinking a 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
“I was allowed to kind of put it behind me when the head rules official comes up and says you did everything you were supposed to do,” Reed said. “When you do everything you’re supposed to do, at the end of the day that’s all you can control.
“Going into today, I felt good, I felt confident and really went to the golf course, plugged in my headphones and just kind of got in my world with my coach and got to that first tee.”
Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Ryan Palmer, Henrik Norlander and Viktor Hovland tied for second.
Reed said he was resilient.
“I knew today was going to be a grind, especially with that leaderboard and seeing how many big names were right around there at the top. I knew you were going to have to go out and play on offense. You couldn’t play defense. You had to go out there and shoot a number,” Reed explained.
“It was kind of shaky there early on in the beginning, kind of a couple shots that seemed to kind of get a little bit away from me. But I was able to rely on the short game early and get in a groove there in the middle of the round.”
Hovland had been the nearest in pursuit on Sunday, with four birdies on the front nine, remembering for the 10th to get to 12 under. In any case, the birdies evaporated, and he missed Nos. 14, 15 and 17 – missing a 2-footer on 17 – in a series of 1-under 71.
“The front nine was awesome, made four birdies and was just really solid tee to green; made some putts there, as well,” Hovland said. “On the back, I didn’t really feel like I played bad at all, you know; it was just a couple of mistakes, and it’s so easy to just let things kind of slip away.
“But it’s cool to kind of be up there having a chance to win. Didn’t work out this time, but I feel like I learned a lot.”
Ortiz staggered severely with a series of 6-more than 78. He hurt himself with three intruder on the front nine that left him even at the turn. He experienced much more difficulty on the back nine, where he missed No. 11 and experienced difficulty escaping a greenside dugout on No. 12, taking a twofold intruder 6. He missed Nos. 15, 16 and 18.
Rory McIlroy shut with a 1-more than 73, completed eight shots behind and still was an issue on everyone’s mind on Sunday. With such a lot of consideration on Reed taking alleviation from the installed lie on Saturday, McIlroy had something comparative occur on the eighteenth opening in the third round. At the point when McIlroy at long last found the ball, he decided it was inserted, educated the other two parts in his gathering and dropped it into profound harsh right off the fairway.
The PGA Tour gave an assertion before Sunday that the two players continued under the standards. Reed made one additional stride by requiring a standards official to affirm, however he had just taken out the ball from where it had been.
“You’re trying to deal with the info that you have at that time, and the info that Patrick had at that time was the ball hadn’t bounced, and the info that I had at that time was the same,” McIlroy said. “And I went down and on my life, that ball of mine was plugged, it was in its own pitch mark, so I took relief.
“In golf, you’d rather be on the wrong side of the rules than the right side of them, just because that’s just what our game’s about.”