Patrick Reed feels he belongs among the best in the world. He beat them all Sunday in the Cadillac Championship.
Dressed in a red shirt that he always wears in the final round — with Tiger Woods in the group ahead of him — Reed made back-to-back birdies early on the front nine to build a big lead and showed off a great short game when the pressure was building on the new Blue Monster in Doral, Fla.
Equipped with a two-shot lead, the 23-year-old Texan wisely played the final hole conservatively. He two-putted for bogey and closed with an even-par 72 for a one-shot victory over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson.
Reed finished at 4-under-par 284, matching the highest winning score at Doral, while becoming the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship event. It was his third win in his last 14 tournaments.
Woods, only three shots behind going into the final round in his best chance this year to win a tournament, said his back flared up after an awkward shot out of the bunker on the sixth hole.
He failed to make a birdie in the final round for the first time in his PGA Tour career, and his 78 was his worst Sunday score ever.
Reed is expected to move to No. 20 in the world ranking. In his own ranking, he feels he belongs in the top five.
He cited an amateur career that includes going 6-0 in matches to lead Augusta State to two NCAA titles, followed by three PGA Tour wins in seven months.
‘‘I don’t see a lot of guys that have done that besides Tiger Woods and the legends of the game,’’ Reed said. ‘‘I believe in myself, especially with how hard I've worked. I'm one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I've proven myself.’’
He joined some exclusive company. Since 1990, only Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio Garcia had three PGA Tour wins before turning 24.
Watson, who won at Riviera three weeks ago, went bogey-free over the final 27 holes. He closed with a 68, finishing with par after blasting through the palms, into the grandstand, and back into the rough.
Woods went into the final round with a chance to win for the first time all year.
He beaned and bloodied a spectator on the opening hole and missed a 10-foot birdie putt. He beaned another spectator on No. 3, kicking the ball back into the fairway, only he followed that with a shot into the water and made bogey. Woods made two more bogeys over the next three holes and was an afterthought. He said the pain intensified after his bunker shot on the sixth.
PGA — Chesson Hadley held off Danny Lee by two strokes in wind gusting up to 25 miles per hour to win the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande for his first PGA Tour victory.
Making his 13th PGA Tour start, the 26-year-old Hadley birdied the final two holes for a 5-under 67.
Hadley finished at 21-under 267, and earned $630,000 and a two-year tour exemption.
He birdied three of the first five holes, chipping in on the par-5 fifth.
Ladies European — Inbee Park captured her first win of the year in a battle between No. 1 and No. 2 in women’s golf at the World Ladies Championship in Haikou, China.
Park closed with a 6-under 67 for a five-shot victory over Suzann Pettersen, who started the final round tied for the lead and closed with a 72. Park finished at 24-under 268.
Web.com — Adam Hadwin won the Chile Classic in Santiago, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over Alistair Presnell. Hadwin shot a 3-under 69 for a 16-under 272 total and earned $117,000.