Golf: Patrick Reed wins The Barclays, snares spot in American Ryder Cup team

Patrick Reed poses with the trophy after winning The Barclays on Aug 28, 2016 in Farmingdale, New York.
Patrick Reed poses with the trophy after winning The Barclays on Aug 28, 2016 in Farmingdale, New York.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Patrick Reed came from behind to win The Barclays Championship on Sunday to claim his fifth USPGA Tour title and a spot on the American Ryder Cup team.

The 26-year-old Reed caught and passed 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler who stumbled to the finish by playing his final four holes in three over.

Fowler failed to make the US team and will have to rely on a captain's pick when Davis Love makes his final four selections in the coming weeks.

"It is awesome," said Reed, who earned US$1.5 million (S$2 million) for his first win of the year. "I worked hard with my coach the last couple weeks so it shows I am moving in the right direction. I am glad I was finally able to close one off."

Reed finished at nine-under 275 for a one-stroke victory over Sean O'Hair (66) and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (69), who were tied for second. Top-ranked Jason Day of Australia (69) was two strokes back and tied for fourth with Gary Woodland (69) and world No. 7 Adam Scott of Australia (71) at the Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, New York.

Fowler (74) was three strokes back and tied for seventh with Ryan Moore and Jason Kokrak, who each carded 69s. World No. 3 Jordan Spieth (69) tied for 10th with Justin Thomas (71) at four shots behind.

The Barclays marked the start of the PGA Tour play-offs but it also signalled the end of the Ryder Cup qualifying for the Americans.

Dustin Johnson, Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka already made the team. Reed, Brant Snedeker, Zach Johnson rounded out the team when the points standings closed on Sunday.

World No. 14 Reed bolstered his chances by being the 18-hole leader and then holding the outright lead at 36 holes. His mixed bag round on Sunday included four birdies and three bogeys.

Love will announce three of his four Ryder Cup captain's picks Sept 12 and save his fourth and final pick for Sept 25th.

The top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings advance to next weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship, the second play-off event.