Patrick Reed Wins Barclays, Locks Up Ryder Cup Spot

Singles Matches - 2014 Ryder Cup


Ugly, ugly finish this afternoon. Bogeys everywhere. Snap hooks everywhere. Fans yelling in backswings everywhere. But with a nervy 5 on the par-4 eighteenth, the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs goes to Patrick Reed — our cocky, controversial American. While the New York crowd at Bethpage was about 90/10 in favor of Rickie, it didn’t seem to help. Reed was 2-back early on but got back in it with this chip-in on number 5.

Rickie played damn near mistake-free golf for the first 64 holes, but then collapsed down the stretch making a few bogeys and a double. And he just didn’t get the breaks — got a fried egg in a greenside bunker on 11 and found himself in this divot after a perfect drive on the par-5 fourth.

(still made birdie though, nbd)

Jason Day finished in the top-5 despite being dead last in the field in fairways hit. Fun things like this 70-footer helped.

Crowd definitely wasn’t pro-Reed, but was pro-Stool. As is tradition.

Here’s the final leaderboard:

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(i predicted -9 winning score, nbd)

Ryder Cup

The other big golf news as a product of the Bethpage finish is our top-8 U.S. Ryder Cup spots are locked up. Rickie just needed a third place finish or better to automatically qualify, but doubled 16 to bump himself right out. He’ll probably receive a captain’s pick, but Zach Johnson squeezed in over him for now. Here are our auto 8:

1. DJ
2. Spieth
3. Phil
4. Walker
5. Koepka
6. Sneds
7. Reed
8. Zach Johnson

The first 3 captain’s picks will be made in two weeks; the final one two weeks later after the Tour Championship. My 4 picks would be:

1. JB Holmes
2. Bubba
3. Rickie
4. Berger

I think Furyk will get in over Berg, but that’s who I’d take. And that will change throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs.


Next week the boys are in Boston. 100 guys left. Our march to the Ryder Cup continues and, although we were pulling for Rickie, seeing an American win a big event is always a great feeling. I included this video in my Ryder Cup blog from earlier in the week, and I’ll include it again because goosebumps.

Bring on the Euro trash.