Patrick Reed shoots Tour career-high 11-over 82

Patrick Reed refuses to fold in the FedEx Cup playoffs despite four double bogeys and a career-high 82, leading to a third-round exit Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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NORTON, Mass. – Sixes are never good on the scorecard. But six of them? Good gracious, how did that happen?

Patrick Reed wishes he could pinpoint the reason to his birdieless round of 11-over 82 – his worst PGA Tour score. It was such a stunning day of mishaps that he went from T-6 to missing the 54-hole cut in a little more than four hours. A three-time PGA Tour winner and one of the steadiest players this season, Reed shrugged his shoulders.

“Bad day at the golf course,” he said. “I feel like I’m living a nightmare at the moment, but I’ll regroup this week. I’m not worried about it.”

On a day when the field average was sub-par (70.388) and six players shot 65 or better, Reed was at the other end of the spectrum. He hit just seven fairways and eight greens, which explains how the door was opened for so many bogeys (three) and doubles (four), but given that he has won twice this year and finished top 10 on two other occasions, and given that he was just two off the lead at the start . . . well, it’s human nature to ask what happened.

“I did basically every aspect of the game today really bad. I’ll go back to the drawing board and talk to my swing coach, and I’ll be fine,” Reed said. “I’m not worried about it. We’re locked up for the next two, so I should be fine.”

Ah, the silver lining, though in Reed’s case, it’s a rich silver lining. Having started the week eighth in FedEx Cup points, he indeed is assured of spots into next week’s BMW Championship and the following week’s Tour Championship. Oh, and he’s an automatic qualifier to the Ryder Cup team next month, so Reed clearly doesn’t expect any sympathy.

As for the curiosity that was directed his way? The 24-year-old wasn’t overflowing with explanations. He bogeyed the par-5 second and par-4 third, then made double bogeys at the 10th, 12th, 13th and 14th. Hazards entered the picture at the 10th and 12th, bunkers were a problem at 13 and 14, and for good measure he hit into a hazard that fronts the 18th green and made bogey.

“Everyone has a bad round," Reed said. "That happened to be probably the worst round in 10 years. (But) it’s fine. I mean, I’ll come back and work at it tomorrow. I’ve hit the ball great all the last few days. I plan on going to Denver, get some work done and play some good golf.”

If Reed needed someone with whom to commiserate, he could have phoned Matt Every, who shot 86, the worst score of the 80 players who made the 36-hole cut. Every’s outward 45 included doubles at the fourth and sixth, and a triple at the ninth as he started the day tied for 33rd, just six off the lead, and ended it as one of seven MDFs.

Like Reed, Every posted the highest score of his PGA Tour career, surpassing the 84 he shot in 2010 in the Reno-Tahoe Open.

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