Patrick Reed outplayed Rickie Fowler by four shots, then limped to the finish line to win the Barclays on Sunday and clinch a berth on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Reed, who began the final round of the FedEx Cup playoff opener at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., a stroke behind Fowler, bogeyed two of his final three holes and won by a single shot over Sean O'Hair and Emiliano Grillo. Reed posted a one-under par 70. Fowler, who shot a three-over par 74, fell to a tie for seventh. He needed to finish third or better to qualify for the U.S. Ryder Cup team on points.
The victory was the fifth of Reed’s career, but first in nearly 19 months, since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January of 2015.
Fowler, who has not won a PGA Tour event since the Deutsche Bank Championship a year ago, posted a 39 on the back nine. For the fourth time in his career, he was the 54-hole leader in a PGA Tour event and failed to close out a victory.
Reed bogeyed the third hole to fall two behind Fowler, but responded by making three birdies in the next four holes to pull even. He took the lead when Fowler bogeyed the 11th hole, his first bogey since the ninth hole of the first round. Reed increased the lead to two with a birdie on 12.