Patrick Reed capitalizes at Northern Trust as Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson falter

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Max Schreiber, USA TODAY

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Saturday at The Northern Trust was supposed to be about Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. 

Two of the biggest names in golf were playing together in the final group, each with a major opportunity to put their recent struggles behind them. 

Instead, it ended up being about another big name with some scar tissue: Patrick Reed. 

Reed shot a 4-under 67 in the third round to seize control of the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Reed is at 14-under par, one shot ahead of Abraham Ancer, and two shots ahead of Brandt Snedeker and John Rahm. 

Meanwhile, Spieth and Johnson faded from contention, each shooting 3-over 74. 

Reed hasn’t won since his breakthrough victory at the 2018 Masters. His game was so  out of sorts that he took 10 days off in May just to hit the reset button. Now, he has the chance to put all that behind him on Sunday. 

Patrick Reed is leading the Northern Trust at 14 under. (Photo: Mark Konezny, USA TODAY Sports)

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