AUGUSTA, Ga. – Former Jaguar Golf standout and back-to-back NCAA champion, Patrick Reed set a course record this past weekend at the Humana Challenge with the lowest score under par in the first three rounds of a tournament, finishing at 28-under.
After shooting three straight 9-under 63s to open a seven-stroke lead, Reed had a 1-under 71 on Sunday at PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course to beat Ryan Palmer by two strokes. Reed had another near perfect day in the Coachella Valley, birdying his final hole on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Private Course, hitting a wedge to two feet on the par-4 ninth. He also had an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey.
The 23-year-old Reed broke the mark of 25 under set by Gay Brewer in the 1967 Pensacola Open and matched by Ernie Els in the 2003 Tournament of Champions, Steve Stricker in the 2010 John Deere Classic and Pat Perez in the 2009 La Quinta event. Reed was one off Stricker's stroke record of 188 set on a par-71 course.
After helping Augusta State win NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011, Reed drew attention in 2012 when he successfully Monday-qualified for six events and made 12 starts.The former Baton Rouge, La., high school champion earned his PGA Tour card in December 2012, surviving six rounds of Q-school at PGA West.
Reed now has two victories in his first 46 PGA Tour starts, winning the Wyndham Championship in August.
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