Reed leads Ancer by one at North­ern Trust

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

Pa­trick Reed han­dled the strong gusts and a Lib­erty Na­tional course start­ing to dry out with a 4-un­der 67 that gave him a one-shot lead over Abra­ham Ancer of Mex­ico go­ing into the fi­nal round of The North­ern Trust.

Reed has not won since the 2018 Mas­ters, though it hasn't been a lack of try­ing. He has played 41 times world­wide since his ma­jor vic­tory, in­clud­ing a pair of team events. He says he is get­ting closer and just needs some good scores, and he has them this week.

“It's close and it feels good,” Reed said. “Feels like this has been com­ing for some time, and now it's just go out and stick to the game plan to­mor­row and hope­fully Sun­day we have a chance to win the golf tour­na­ment.”

Dustin Johnson and Jor­dan Spi­eth, play­ing in the fi­nal group, fal­tered.

Johnson, twice a win­ner of this FedEx Cup play­offs opener, didn't make a birdie un­til the 10th hole, and then saw his round fall apart with four bo­geys over the last six holes for a 74 that dropped him five shots be­hind.

Spi­eth be­gan his round by hit­ting his tee shot into the wa­ter, lost ground and mo­men­tum with a dou­ble bo­gey – his first of the week – from the fair­way on No. 7 and recorded only two birdies in his round of 74. It was his sec­ond straight Sat­ur­day swoon, and this one could be costly. He is No. 69 in the FedEx Cup, and a strong fin­ish this week could help sal­vage his sea­son with a trip to East Lake for the FedEx Cup fi­nale.

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