Dec 12th, 2020
Reed hangs tough at DP World Tour Championship
American shares lead as it hots up in the Race to Dubai
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Reed followed a miraculous par save on the par three 17th – where he got up and down after his tee shot avoided rolling into the water by a matter of inches – before holing a six foot birdie putt on the 18th for a round of 71 to join playing partner Fitzpatrick on 11 under par.
“It was sloppy. I didn't really hit the ball as well as I needed to. Made some putts, but didn't make the putts also I needed to," said Reed.
"It was one of those days I had to lean a lot on my short game, and the good thing is I was able to do that and put myself into position to still have a share of the lead going into tomorrow."
Canter, playing in the group ahead, had minutes earlier set that clubhouse target with a round of 68, and Fitzpatrick matched it with a tap in birdie on the last for his 68 as the 2016 DP World Tour Championship winner kept up the pressure on Reed, the Race to Dubai leader, in the fourth and final Rolex Series event of the year.
Reed is still in control of his own destiny as he seeks to become the first American to become the European Tour’s Number One, but the European Tour’s disrupted 2020 season is set for a fascinating finale on Sunday with Englishman Lee Westwood, currently fourth on the Race to Dubai, one of four players a single shot behind the leading trio.
Westwood posted four birdies in six holes immediately after the turn in his second consecutive round of 68 to remain firmly in contention to win the Harry Vardon Trophy for a third time, 20 years after he first lifted it.
The former World Number One is joined on ten under par by Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre (66) Spain’s Adri Arnaus (67) and Viktor Hovland (66), the Norwegian who is bidding for a maiden European Tour win to add to his second PGA Tour title, won at last week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.