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Patrick Reed finds his putting touch again just at the right moment

23-year-old takes Humana Challenge by two strokes

The Associated Press

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LA QUINTA, Calif. — Patrick Reed found his putting touch right when things started getting interesting in the final round of the Humana Challenge.

After shooting three consecutive 9-under 63s to open a seven-stroke lead, Reed had a 1-under 71 Sunday at PGA West to beat Ryan Palmer by two strokes.

“A lot tougher than the first three rounds,” Reed said. “My speed was off today. I left a lot of putts short. It seemed like the first three days the ball was just trickling over the front edge, and today it seemed like it came to a screeching halt.”

Finally resembling the guy who talked Saturday about being in a “putting coma,” Reed ran in an 18-footer for birdie on the par-3 15th to push his lead to three strokes.

“It felt comfortable. It felt great,” Reed said. “I was able to play the last three holes just for par rather than trying to make birdies or trying to make something happen.”

He did par the last three to finish at 28-under 260.

The 23-year-old Reed has two victories in his first 46 PGA Tour starts, winning the Wyndham Championship in August.

“I always play to try to prove to everybody that I belong out here,” Reed said. “As well as, I belong, not only out here on the PGA Tour, but also with the best players in the world.”

Palmer made a 15-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 63.

“What can you do with what Patrick did this week?” Palmer said. “It’s ridiculous what he did. Amazing how good he played. We’ll come up a couple short, but it was a win in my game because I was playing for second today.”

Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard (65) tied for third at 25 under. Johnson birdied the final five holes for a 62, the best round of the week.

“I got red hot at the end,” Johnson said.

Michael Putnam of University Place finished tied for 48th at 14-under 274 after a 67.

Langer’s late run holds off Couples

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii — Bernhard Langer birdied five of the last six holes to pull away from Seattle native Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman and win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour by three strokes.

The 56-year-old German shot his second consecutive 64 in the final round to finish at 22-under 194.

Sluman closed with a 65. Couples, looking for his 10th Champions win and second in a row, had a 67.

Kirk Triplett, a Pullman High graduate, tied for 14th at 11-under 205 after a 66.

Mickelson, McIlroy fall a shot short

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal shot a final-round 67 for a 14-under 274 to end a near three-year winless drought to capture the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Rory McIlroy (68), who had incurred a two-stroke penalty a day earlier, finished with a share of second place with Phil Mickelson (69) at 13-under.

Mickelson was hurt by a double hit from the brush on the 13th hole. The British Open champion, who was leading at the time, finished with a triple-bogey 7 on the hole.

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