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Patrick Reed holds on to win Humana Challenge
Brendon Todd watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta Country Club on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
January 19, 2014, 7:09 pm

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Patrick Reed lost his putting touch for a few hours in the final round of the Humana Challenge. He found it when things were getting interesting.

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

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 advantage to three strokes and parred the final three holes. He completed the wire-to-wire victory at 28-under 260.

The 23-year-old Reed also won the Wyndham Championship in August.

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

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