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PGA: Reed edges Speith to earn Wyndham Championship win

AFP, GREENSBORO, North Carolina

Patrick Reed edged fellow rookie Jordan Spieth with a birdie on the second playoff hole on Sunday to win the Wyndham Championship and claim his maiden PGA Tour title.

The 23-year-old Reed rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt to beat fellow American Spieth who like Reed finished at 14-under 266 after 72 holes.

Reed’s winning birdie came after his drive at the second playoff hole, the par-four 10th, landed in pine needles near a television cable.

He used a seven-iron to fire out under a tree branch and landed seven feet from the pin.

“It was the best shot of my life, that’s for sure,” Reed said.

Spieth called it “one of the best shots I’ve ever witnessed.”

He had reached the green in two, but his 10-foot birdie putt was wide.

Reed said his birdie putt “felt like it was 40” feet, but it left him celebrating with his wife, Justine, who caddies for him.

“Just to get my first win means everything to me,” Reed said.

Reed’s first career victory came in his 38th start on the US PGA Tour.

The win also vaults him from 78th to 22nd place in the FedExCup standings.

Reed had let a three-shot lead on the back nine get away. He also missed a chance to win at the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th.

Spieth made a terrible drive, but saved par with a 25-foot putt.

Reed, meanwhile, missed his seven-foot birdie attempt.

The 20-year-old Spieth won his first PGA Tour tournament last month at the John Deere Classic.

He was seeking to become the youngest two-time winner in US Tour history and he moved up to eighth place in the playoff point race with his runner-up finish.

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