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'Captain America' emerges as superhero in Mexico

Patrick Reed and Caddy at World Golf Championships - Mexico
Patrick Reed (right) and his caddie Kessler Karain study an upcoming shot during the final round Sunday at the WGC Mexico Championship in Mexico City.

American Patrick Reed wins the WGC Mexico for his 8th title on the PGA Tour and smooths out an uneven 2020 in the wake of a controversial incident 2 months ago at the Hero World Challenge

8: Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for American Patrick Reed, who rallied Sunday to win the WGC Mexico Championship in Mexico City. Reed, 29, shot 4-under 67 for an 18-under 266 total to clip American Bryson DeChambeau (65) by one stroke at the 7,835-foot-elevation Chapultepec Golf Club, where drives were pushing 400 yards and beyond all week. But it wasn’t so much the driver but rather the putter that proved to be the key for Reed. He needed only 98 putts for the week, including 45 one-putt greens, as he ranked No. 1 in strokes gained putting at +11.824. Reed proved to be clutch down the stretch, making birdies on Nos. 15-17 to take a two-stroke lead to the last hole, where he cruised home with a bogey. He earned $1.82 million from the $10.5 million purse. Two months ago, Reed created a storm of criticism when he was penalized for having improved his lie in a waste area at the Hero World Challenge. The incident dominated discussion at the Presidents Cup, which the Americans won despite a 1-3 record by Reed, who has embraced the nickname "Captain America for past match-play prowess. The WGC Mexico victory helped smooth out a rollercoaster 2020 in which he has posted two other top 10s but also missed two cuts in six starts worldwide. Spain’s Jon Rahm (67) and South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen (70) tied for third at 15-under 269. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy finished fifth, his fifth top-5 result in as many starts on the PGA Tour this season and his sixth top-5 worldwide. American Justin Thomas, the 54-hole leader, faded to T-6 with a final-round 73. Mexicans Abraham Ancer (T-12) and Carlos Ortiz (T-16) produced top-20 results for their home fans (scores).

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