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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 The Barclays

Winner: Patrick Reed

Around the wider world of golf: Ariya Jutanugarn won her fifth LPGA event of the year at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open; Bernhard Langer won his 29th Champions Tour event at the Boeing Classic; Ryan Brehm won the Winco Foods Portland Open on the Tour, where The25 also got their PGA Tour cards; Brock Mackenzie won the National Capital Open on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada; Ryo Ishikawa won the RIZAP KBC Augusta on the Japan Golf Tour; Thomas Pieters won the Made in Denmark event on the ET; and Ritsuko Ryu won the Nitori Ladies on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Patrick Reed with Barclays trophy

You've no doubt seen the viral video of Patrick Reed closing the NY Stock Exchange earlier in the week. You know, the one where the gavel broke as he performed the ceremonial pounding. Reportedly, the businessmen he was with told him to "give it a whack."

On Sunday, Bethpage Black dealt out a few whacks of its own... and they weren't nearly so humorous.

Despite good weather, the Black -- especially its back nine -- taught the players just how nice the short grass of the fairway can be. No matter how long you are, the Black takes prisoners out there in the rough (and the bunkers) and it's reluctant to let them go. As a result, the winning score on Sunday got no lower than the 54-hole score. It became a game of survival.

And once again Patrick Reed proved he has some skills when it comes to closing out a lead. He was only able to steal one more stroke from par on Sunday, but third-round leader Rickie Fowler ran afoul of the inconsistencies that have plagued him this season. (Although he did play much better this week, and may be in good shape to defend this week at DeutscheBank.)

With his win Patrick not only moved to the top of the FedExCup points list, he also moved into this week's OWGR Top10. And he proved he belongs on the Ryder Cup team, moving all the way up to 4th in the Automatic 8. In the media tent afterward, he almost glowed as he talked about how excited he was to suit up for the USA again.

There were a number of big winners over the weekend -- for example, Sean O'Hair's amazing T2 finish probably got him into at least the next two events when he expected to go home this week -- but, with his performance Sunday, Patrick Reed reaffirmed his spot as a potential USA team leader going forward. Enjoy your Limerick Summary, big guy. You earned it!
“Bomb and gouge” ain’t enough at the Black;
One by one, players surge, then they crack
As the course takes its toll.
Patrick Reed didn’t fold…
But it sure gave his bottom a whack!
The photo came from this page at the Wall Street Journal site.

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