MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Patrick Reed came through in the clutch, firing three late birdies in a four-under par 67 for a one-shot victory over Bryson DeChambeau in the WGC Mexico Championship last Sunday.
Former Masters champion Reed stayed patient through a frustrating front nine at Chapultepec Golf Club, and as a string of leaders fell away powered to the victory with an 18-under par total of 266.
Birdies at the 15th, 16th and 17th pushed him to 19-under for the tournament, giving him a two-stroke lead.
The cushion proved enough after he pushed his tee shot at 18 well right but limited the damage to a bogey for the narrow win.
“It’s very rewarding,” said Reed, whose only other WGC title came in the same event in 2014, when it was played at Doral in Florida. “To come back and win my second World Golf Championship – especially with how I had to finish on basically 15 onwards. The last hole was ugly, but it was what I needed to get the job done.”
DeChambeau looked in control after five birdies in a six-hole stretch, his 14-footer at 14 putting him atop the leaderboard at 18-under.But a three-putt bogey at the par-three 17th proved too much to overcome as he settled for a six-under par 65 and a 17-under total of 267.
Justin Thomas, who took a one-shot lead into the final round, faded early on the way to a two-over par 73 that left him tied for sixth.
Spain’s Jon Rahm, who could have become number one in the world with a victory, briefly seized a share of the lead thanks to birdies at four of his first five holes.
But two birdies and two bogeys coming in weren’t enough for the Spaniard, who shared third on 269 with South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen, one stroke in front of world number one Rory McIlroy.
“Obviously I want to win, but I also do care about giving my 100 per cent every time,” Rahm said. “If there was one day where I didn’t give 100 per cent I wouldn’t be able to live with myself.