In the span of a couple of strokes, Patrick Reed went from almost certain disaster to his first PGA Tour victory.
Reed won the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday for his first title, beating Jordan Spieth with a most improbable birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Reed recovered from a drive on the par-4 10th that came a few feet from going out of bounds and stopped in some pine needles in the woods near a television cable.
Reed pulled out his 7-iron, uncorked a baseball swing from an uphill lie, and sent the ball under a tree branch — yet away from the trunk — to land his second shot 7 feet from the pin.
‘‘It was the best shot of my life, that’s for sure,’’ Reed said.
Spieth, who called it ‘‘one of the best shots I’ve ever witnessed,’’ had reached the green in two, but his 10-foot birdie putt trickled wide of the cup.
Reed then sank his short birdie putt that ‘‘felt like it was 40 feet” to end it.
‘‘Just to get my first win means everything to me,’’ Reed said.
Reed, who had his third straight top-10 finish, earned $954,000 in prize money and 500 FedEx Cup points for winning the final tournament before the playoffs.
Reed and Spieth finished regulation at 14-under-par 266. Reed closed with a 4-under 66, and Spieth had a 65.
The 20-year-old Spieth, the John Deere winner in a playoff last month, was denied in his bid to become youngest two-time champion in the modern era of the PGA Tour.
John Huh and Brian Harman were two strokes behind. Harman had a 66, and Huh shot 68. Matt Jones matched the tournament record for a final round with a 62 and finished at 11 under along with Matt Every (67) and Zach Johnson (68).
It was a fruitless week for the players on the playoff bubble who missed their last chance to push their way into The Barclays this week.
Nobody who started the week outside the top 125 managed to make it in. Each of the players at Nos. 126-132 missed the cut, and No. 133 Robert Streb finished at 3 under but could only jump to 126th.
Champions — Bart Bryant, who shot a tournament record-tying 10-under 62 in the second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., closed with a 72 and finished at 16-under 200 to beat Russ Cochran (67) and Corey Pavin (69) by one shot.
Duffy Waldorf (69) and Gene Sauers (67) tied for fourth, another shot back.
First-round leader Kenny Perry shot a 68 to tie for seventh at 12 under. He was one shot better than Bernhard Langer and extended his lead over Langer in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
With his first win, Bryant became the 1,000th champion in the history of the Champions Tour, which began in 1980. Don January, who won that first tournament, was on hand to congratulate Bryant.
Web.com — In Knoxville, Tenn., Peter Malnati won the News Sentinel Open for his first tour title, birdieing five of the last seven holes for a one-stroke victory.