Although he admitted to struggling with the rhythm of his swing over the course of the final round, the now five-time European Tour champion gave what was generally a near-textbook example of how to play with a lead.
While the rest of the field succumbed to Winged Foot, Reed fought back. Which is how golf’s lone wolf was the only one howling after 36 holes, Reed’s temerity and fortitude rewarded with the halfway lead.
The first green has so much hustle and flow, the USGA specifically tells players that its handling it differently than the other 17th, maintaining it a slower speed so that the ridiculousness doesn’t become too sublime.
After missing his approach left of the green, Reed needed to hole a miraculous chip shot at the par-4 ninth at TPC Boston to make the weekend. He did just that, and a volunteer at the tournament was able to capture it on film: