Humana Challenge 2014: Patrick Reed becomes just 3rd player under 25 with multiple wins

Todd Warshaw

A wire-to-wire win is the second for 23-year old Patrick Reed, who joins some elite company.

The first two weeks of the 2014 season in Hawaii produced steady wins from two well-known players, but the first stop of the west coast swing provided the year's most impressive victory. Patrick Reed, just 23-years old, went wire-to-wire in a dominating week at the Humana Challenge.

Following three straight dazzling rounds of 63, Reed started Sunday with a host of PGA Tour records in his sight and an almost insurmountable seven-shot cushion. The chasers made things a bit interesting on the back nine, but Reed did not relinquish his spot at PGA West's Palmer Course, even with some sloppy and shaky play down the stretch. The records were not broken, although he's got his 54-hole mark to take home, and the pace slowed up a bit with a 1-under round of 71. But the work put in over the first three days was still enough for a final 28-under tally and a two-shot win over Ryan Palmer. The Humana Challenge (nee Bob Hope Classic) is always a birdiefest with the three easiest courses the players face all season, but that matches the second-best ever score to par in a 72-hole PGA Tour event.

Reed found success last year on the Tour, picking up five top 10s and his first career win in a playoff duel against Jordan Spieth at the Wyndham Championship. That late-season victory secured plenty of perks for Reed, and this second win puts him in rare company.

It's easy to create arbitrary ways to frame any point, but that's a staggering nugget given that Reed receives very little attention and is not hyped at all as one of the game's best young talents. Now he has to be.

The win, and streaky form, came as a bit of a surprise because Reed had not really played well since the victory in Greensboro. But now he's inside the top 50 in the world rankings, and will get one of 64 spots in the WGC Match Play event that concludes the west coast swing.

Zach Johnson, who was most certainly in form starting the week, finished a shot back of Palmer in a tie for third. The final round 62 for Zach is the lowest final round number of his career. Johnson's status as the most consistent American golfer remains, but he'll take a month break now. Here are the final results from the week in Palm Springs:

Place Player Score Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
1 Patrick Reed -28 63 63 63 71
2 Ryan Palmer -26 64 65 70 63
T3 Zach Johnson -25 65 68 68 62
T3 Justin Leonard -25 66 67 65 65
5 Brian Stuard -24 67 66 66 65
T6 Bill Haas -23 65 66 67 67
T6 Brendon Todd -23 65 63 68 69
8 Chad Collins -22 68 68 65 65
T9 Stuart Appleby -21 66 69 67 65
T9 Charlie Beljan -21 68 64 68 67
T9 Ben Crane -21 70 64 65 68
T9 Charley Hoffman -21 64 66 66 71
T13 Russell Knox -20 65 70 67 66
T13 Matt Every -20 65 68 69 66
T13 Jerry Kelly -20 69 65 68 66
T13 Will MacKenzie -20 67 66 66 69
T13 Matt Jones -20 66 67 66 69
T18 Brendon de Jonge -19 69 68 66 66
T18 Luke Guthrie -19 69 67 67 66
T18 Scott Langley -19 69 68 65 67
T18 Keegan Bradley -19 69 66 65 69
T18 James Driscoll -19 68 63 66 72
T23 Webb Simpson -18 69 70 67 64
T23 Charlie Wi -18 65 69 69 67
T25 Ryo Ishikawa -17 66 69 69 67
T25 Tyrone Van Aswegen -17 69 67 67 68
T25 Martin Flores -17 69 65 69 68
T25 Johnson Wagner -17 72 66 68 65
T25 Martin Laird -17 69 66 68 68
T25 Hudson Swafford -17 65 71 70 65
T25 Billy Horschel -17 72 65 70 64
T25 Roberto Castro -17 68 73 66 64
T33 Camilo Villegas -16 70 66 68 68
T33 Harris English -16 67 66 71 68
T33 Josh Teater -16 68 68 70 66
T33 Rickie Fowler -16 68 71 67 66
T33 Jason Bohn -16 70 65 66 71
T38 Bryce Molder -15 69 72 63 69
T38 Gary Woodland -15 69 71 65 68
T38 Andrew Svoboda -15 69 69 66 69
T38 Cameron Tringale -15 68 66 70 69
T38 Jeff Overton -15 70 67 67 69
T38 Brian Davis -15 69 71 66 67
T38 Spencer Levin -15 69 68 66 70
T38 Rory Sabbatini -15 68 67 67 71
T38 Seung-Yul Noh -15 68 66 66 73
T38 James Hahn -15 70 68 69 66
T48 Justin Hicks -14 64 71 70 69
T48 John Merrick -14 66 70 69 69
T48 Kevin Kisner -14 66 70 69 69
T48 Brad Fritsch -14 67 70 67 70
T48 Scott Brown -14 67 68 70 69
T48 Bo Van Pelt -14 70 68 67 69
T48 Kevin Na -14 68 68 68 70
T48 Brice Garnett -14 67 69 68 70
T48 Steven Bowditch -14 71 67 68 68
T48 Michael Putnam -14 68 69 70 67
T58 Harrison Frazar -13 69 68 68 70
T58 Pat Perez -13 69 70 66 70
T58 Brandt Snedeker -13 72 64 69 70
T58 Davis Love III -13 69 68 69 69
T58 Daniel Summerhays -13 64 69 73 69
T58 Kevin Chappell -13 70 70 63 72
T58 Charles Howell III -13 73 68 65 69
T58 Scott Stallings -13 68 69 69 69
T58 Jonathan Byrd -13 68 69 65 73
T58 Stewart Cink -13 73 63 71 68
T58 Lee Williams -13 70 68 69 68
T69 Erik Compton -12 70 66 70 70
T69 Jim Herman -12 67 68 68 73
T69 Blake Adams -12 70 70 66 70
T69 Ken Duke -12 71 70 65 70
T69 Nicholas Thompson -12 71 69 67 69
T69 Chad Campbell -12 71 68 68 69
T69 John Senden -12 71 70 66 69
T76 William McGirt -11 70 70 64 73
T76 Freddie Jacobson -11 71 68 68 70
T78 David Lingmerth -10 69 68 69 72
T78 Kevin Stadler -10 69 66 72 71
80 Brett Quigley -9 66 73 68 72
81 Scott McCarron -8 72 69 66 73
T82 J.J. Henry -7 71 70 65 75
T82 Brian Harman -7 69 66 72 74
84 Jhonattan Vegas -5 69 71 67 76

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