Grading the Cadillac Championship

Patrick Reed was all confidence on Sunday at Doral. (Getty Images)
Patrick Reed was all confidence on Sunday at Doral. (Getty Images)

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"I'm one of the top five players in the world."

These were the words of Patrick Reed shortly before and then shortly after becoming the youngest World Golf Championship winner ever (beating Tiger Woods' record).

He shot a final-round 72 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and held off Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson by one stroke by bogeying the final hole at Doral. 

NBC had a great statistic showing that since 1990 the only golfers to win three or more times on the PGA Tour before the age of 24 are Tiger, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and now Reed.

Elite company, for sure, but to throw yourself in the mix with Tiger Woods and "the legends of the game" after your third PGA Tour win is ... well it takes some cojones.

"I don't see a lot of guys that have [done the things I've done in my career] except for Tiger Woods, of course, and all the other legends of the game," Reed told NBC after his round.

But for all the whining people want to do about Reed's post-round arrogance, he kind of backed it up against the world's best.

How did he do it?

"Just staying patient. My putting was just outstanding. Around a golf course like this you have to be confident."

He was definitely every bit of that. And his putter was smoking all week. He finished ninth in strokes gained putting at 1.04 for the tournament.

"To come out in a field like this and hold on wire to wire, I feel like I've proven myself," said Reed.

He has for now, and his confidence is great for golf. 

But Augusta looms.

Here are our grades for the Cadillac Championship: 

A Patrick Reed becomes the second multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season (Jimmy Walker). Surely he'll start looking to qualifying for the Ryder Cup. Too bad they aren't playing it next week. Finish: Win
A A double bogey from Dustin Johnson on the final hole cost him more money than he will care to think about. But it did help Richard Sterne get closer to the top 50 and thus, the Masters. South Africa is grateful. Finish: T4
A Bubba Watson had one of the rounds of the day on Sunday with a 68 that bumped him close to the lead. In fact, he played his last 27 holes at Doral without making a bogey. Impressive, but not enough on Patrick Reed's week. Finish: 2nd
B Tiger Woods was all over the place this week. Shot a crazy 66 on Saturday but also reset his worst score ever at this course twice (Friday and Sunday). Bizarre stuff from the world No. 1. Finish: T25
B Phil Mickelson's crazy three-hole double-bogey stretch on Friday sunk him but he hung around nicely and still posted a top-20 finish. Finish: T16
C Good bounce back for last week's playoff loser, Rory McIlroy. He never broke 70, though, and couldn't ever truly get into contention after a first-round 70. Finish: T25
D Steve Stricker looked like a guy who was playing his first stroke play tournament of the year. He finished 14 over and will need to get some more rounds in before Augusta. Finish: 57th.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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