Reed takes 1-shot lead at FedEx Cup opener

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Published 6:15 p.m. ET Aug. 10, 2019 | Updated 8:12 p.m. ET Aug. 10, 2019

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Patrick Reed is finally being rewarded with good scores, and he hopes it can be enough to turn around his season.

He is winless in the last 16 months dating to the 2018 Masters.

He hasn’t missed the Tour Championship in five years, and started the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 50, leaving him little room for a bad week. He is in danger of being left off a U.S. team for the first time since his rookie season in 2013.

Reed put himself in position to change his outlook Saturday with a 4-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Abraham Ancer of Mexico going into the final round of The Northern Trust.

“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, lost ground on a blustery day at Liberty National.

Johnson, twice a winner of this FedEx Cup playoffs opener, didn’t make a birdie until the 10th hole,…

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