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SAN DIEGO — Patrick Reed used to be so unaffected by a guidelines controversy a day earlier that he won the Farmers Insurance coverage Initiating by 5 shots, the largest margin in his nine profession PGA Tour victories.
Reed closed with a 4-underneath 68 at Torrey Pines, making an eagle on the par-5 sixth and ending off his dominating Sunday with a birdie on the 18th.
The faded Masters champion accomplished at 14 underneath after a constant four days on the bluff-top municipal courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He shared the predominant-spherical lead with Alexander Noren, used to be in a neighborhood one shot off the lead within the 2d spherical after which shared the third-spherical lead with Carlos Ortiz.
Reed acknowledged staying mentally strong and lovely play along with his wedge and putter had been enough to “lend a hand me within the golf match and actually allowed me to secure a fun stroll up 18.”
The controversy arose Saturday on the par-4 10th, the place Reed hit a 190-yard shot out of a bunker, with a TV replay displaying the ball bounced as soon as sooner than settling into the rough. With out watching for an legit, Reed picked up the ball to gaze if it used to be embedded. Reed suggested the legit that no one in his neighborhood nor a nearby volunteer seen it jump. He used to be awarded a free drop and saved par in a spherical of 70.
On Sunday, Reed jump-started his spherical with a 45-foot eagle putt on the No. 6 to acquire to 12 underneath and adopted with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. His simplest bogey used to be on the par-3 eighth, and he rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 ninth. He played par the remainder of the formulation, till sinking an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
“I used to be allowed to roughly place aside it within the motivate of me when the head guidelines legit comes up and says you did every little thing you had been supposed to enact,” Reed acknowledged. “Whereas you enact every little thing it’s possible you’ll maybe even very properly be supposed to enact, on the discontinue of the day that’s all it’s possible you’ll maybe even administration.
“Going into on the present time, I felt gorgeous, I felt assured and actually went to the golf course, plugged in my headphones and fair appropriate roughly received in my world with my coach and received to that first tee.”
Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Ryan Palmer, Henrik Norlander and Viktor Hovland tied for 2d.
Reed acknowledged he used to be resilient.
“I knew on the present time used to be going to be a grind, especially with that leaderboard and seeing what number of substantial names had been accurate around there on the stop. I knew you had been going to need to switch out and play on offense. You couldn’t play defense. You had to switch accessible and shoot a quantity,” Reed outlined.
“It used to be roughly shaky there early on within the muse, roughly a pair shots that regarded as if it would roughly acquire a puny bit bit far from me. But I used to be ready to depend upon the brief sport early and acquire in a groove there within the center of the spherical.”
Hovland had been the closest in pursuit on Sunday, with four birdies on the entrance nine, along with on the ninth to acquire to 12 underneath. But the birdies dried up, and he bogeyed Nos. 14, 15 and 17 — lacking a 2-footer on 17 — in a spherical of 1-underneath 71.
“The entrance nine used to be worthwhile, made four birdies and used to be fair appropriate actually strong tee to green; made some putts there, as properly,” Hovland acknowledged. “On the motivate, I did now not actually actually feel handle I played terrible in any admire, you know; it used to be fair appropriate a pair of mistakes, and it’s actually easy to fair appropriate let things roughly scoot away.
“But it completely’s cool to roughly be up there having a likelihood to purchase. Didn’t figure out this time, but I actually feel handle I discovered loads.”
Ortiz stumbled badly with a spherical of 6-over 78. He damage himself with three bogeys on the entrance nine that left him even on the flip. He had draw more difficulty on the motivate nine, the place he bogeyed No. 11 and had difficulty getting out of a greenside bunker on No. 12, taking a double-bogey 6. He bogeyed Nos. 15, 16 and 18.
Rory McIlroy closed with a 1-over 73, accomplished eight shots within the motivate of and gathered used to be a substantial memoir on Sunday. With so great consideration on Reed taking reduction from the embedded lie on Saturday, McIlroy had something same occur on the 18th gap within the third spherical. When McIlroy within the ruin stumbled on the ball, he definite it used to be embedded, suggested the varied two players in his neighborhood and dropped it into deep rough accurate off the golf green.
The PGA Tour issued a assertion earlier Sunday that both players proceeded underneath the foundations. Reed took one extra step by calling for a guidelines legit to ascertain, even supposing he had already eradicated the ball from the place it had been.
“You are trying to accommodate the info that you’re going to secure for the time being, and the info that Patrick had for the time being used to be the ball hadn’t bounced, and the info that I had for the time being used to be the identical,” McIlroy acknowledged. “And I went down and on my existence, that ball of mine used to be plugged, it used to be in its like pitch label, so I took reduction.
“In golf, you’re going to pretty be on the sinful facet of the foundations than the accurate facet of them, fair appropriate because of that’s fair appropriate what our sport’s about.”