Patrick Reed, not for the first time, made himself the center of controversy on Saturday in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at tough Torrey Pines. He picked up a supposedly embedded ball, leading some to accuse him of cheating, before he had gotten permission to do so. Ultimately, the PGA Tour elected not to do anything to him, and as such he was able to use that as fuel on Sunday as he dominated to win by five strokes in the end.
His final round saw him shoot a -4 68 and it included an eagle on six and a birdie on 18 to put the exclamation point on it all. Five players finished in second. Had Reed been penalized for his actions on Saturday, it doesn’t look like it would have amounted to much in the end, as he had firm control and took the victory quite comfortably in the end. It was his ninth PGA Tour win and the largest margin he’s won by thus far.