Controversy at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday did not deter Patrick Reed on his way to winning the event by 5 strokes for his 9th Tour victory. Several golfers had a share of the lead on Sunday but only Reed was able to stay the course and eventually pull away from the group.
Much was made of an “embedded ball” situation on the 10th hole involving Reed and whether it was even possible since the ball had bounced. Many “talking heads” questioned the possibility late on Saturday and on Sunday despite the fact that the PGA had stated the Reed handled the situation perfectly. Rory McIlroy also add a very similar situation on the 18th hole within 30 minutes with video showing the ball bounce and then McIlroy declaring it ended up embedded. The difference is that Reed called in an official to verify the embedding mark and McIlroy did not and just took the free drop. McIlroy did not face the same scrutiny – truly a matter of reputation of each golfer.
On the European Tour, Paul Casey displayed his consistent play and took the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by 4 strokes. This was Casey’s 15th European Tour victory.