Patrick Reed finishes strong for victory at FedEx Cup playoff-opening Northern Trust

David Dusek


Published 7:45 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2019


JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Two hours before the leaders teed off on Sunday at Liberty National Golf Club, there was already proof that low scores were out there. The sun was shining brilliantly over the Statue of Liberty, less than a half-mile away in New York harbor, and the breeze was only gently moving the flags above the first tee. Kevin Tway had posted an early 65, and Brooks Koepka, the world’s top-ranked player, was 5 under through his first six holes.

That’s not what Adam Hayes was hoping to see. Tough conditions tend to favor the most talented golfers, while courses where birdies can be made in bunches can allow for more potential winners. Hayes, who caddies for Jon Rahm, knows that his man is one of the most talented players on the planet. If he had his way, the wind would have blown as it did on Saturday, the fairways would have been like the asphalt on the Garden State Parkway and the putting surfaces would have baked until they turned a crusty brownish green.

While the wind was not a major factor in the final round of the Northern Trust, the…

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