Patrick Reed is two-for-two when taking at least a share of the lead into the final round of a PGA Tour event, winning last summer at the Wyndham Championship and earlier this year at the Humana Challenge.
This time is different.
Will the outcome be different?
Reed will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, chasing the biggest prize of his blossoming career.
Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan start two strokes behind.
Tiger Woods starts three behind on a red-shirt Sunday.
“That’s fine,” Reed said Saturday evening.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jamie Donaldson, Zach and Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell are close enough to cast shadows should Reed stumble.
On the other hand, they’re all chasing a guy who was playing Monday qualifiers in 2012.
“If you have a 54-hole lead, that means you’re playing the best golf of the group through three rounds,” Reed said. “We’ve won twice since August. I mean, we’ve played great and if I continue doing what I’m supposed to be doing, come Sunday afternoon, hopefully we’re holding the trophy.”