Besides the pressure to compete with the big stars, Reed also suffered a mental burden right before the tournament in Mexico. It was then that Brooks Koepka gave an interview with SiriusXM and reiterated the allegations of Reed cheating when he hit the ball from the wasteland on the Hero World Challenge two months ago. Then, former CBS analyst Peter Kostis also helped with the number two golfer in the world.
However, Reed remained silent, focusing only on the challenges of Chapultepec, par71. Then the 29-year-old golfer responded with a steady performance while the other stars were erratic. Reed in turn went through the first 36 holes with a score of 69 and 63 strokes and belonged to the championship group with 67 sticks in the penultimate round.
In the cup competition, Reed started in the final group at position T2 with a score of -14, and had a birdie in the entry hole. In the first half, up to four people shared the top spot. But Bryson DeChambeau competed in the penultimate group to break through with five birdies through six holes, starting at the 9th hole. He scored 10 consecutive par points, from hole 2 to hole 11.
At the end of Hole 14, DeChambeau took the lead with two strokes. However, the golfer nicknamed “Crazy Doctor” misses the opportunity to increase the gap because of birdie sliding at holes 15 and 16. Next, DeChambeau took up to three putt to be able to finish hole 17, par3 with bogey. This drop of club also shattered his advantage.
Meanwhile, Reed still lurched forward, starting with holding the par to not fall further, by putting three meters in hole 11 and 2.4 meters in hole 13. From hole 15 to hole 17 , Reed constantly recorded birdie. Leaving the penultimate green pit, he took a two-stroke lead in his hand.
In hole 18, par4, Reed tackles the tree and is just a chip away from the fairway. Next, he put the ball on the green, 10.6 meters from the crater and then took two putt to finish the hole at the bogey p oint, just enough to win with a stroke difference. In eight PGA Tour cups, seven times Reed won with this advantage. The trophy at Chapultepec earned Reed $ 1.82 million and ranked eighth in the world.
DeChambeau finished in front of Reed at -17, finished second and received $ 1.15 million. He went to green hole 18 to congratulate his seniors over three years old. “He fought hard and finally defeated me. It was a deserved victory,” said DeChambeau.
Jon Rahm and Van Rooyen shared the third spot with a score of -15, and each earned $ 600,000. World’s number one McIlroy reached -14, closing in the top 5 overall, getting $430,000.
Winning in the humiliation Hero World Challenge is still shady, Reed said: “I am used to it. To be honest, in the end, the important thing is to control yourself and the things on the field and on the field. “Trying to improve day by day and to set an example for the next generation is my dedication. I think I do it well.”
At the Hero World Challenge, the camera captures Reed twice using the sand head to facilitate a shot from the wasteland. Reed accepted to be fined two sticks after the above situation and explained that “the angle of rotation affects the truth”. That was the only time he publicly defended.