Grading the Cadillac Championship
Patrick Reed compared himself to the legends of the game on Sunday and sort of backed it up. Also, grading Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
"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:
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