The closest thing to a villain on the PGA Tour is Patrick Reed.
He’s pretty much been out of the spotlight this season. He’s struggled with his game but suddenly he’s back and has the 54-hole lead at the Northern Trust.
Reed took advantage of a poor showing by overnight leader Dustin Johnson and shot to the top of the leaderboard with a four-under par 67 at windy Liberty National.
The golf course is starting to get firm and fast and a lot of players struggled with the conditions on moving day. Overnight leader Dustin Johnson caught a case of wild tee-ballitis from Jordan Spieth and the two of them finished with 74s.
Reed was steady all day and lost the lead briefly with a bogey at the 15th hole but bounced back with a birdie at 17 to get in the house at 14-under par, a shot better than Abraham Ancer.
Ancer’s 68 got him to 13-under and a place in the final pairing with Reed on Sunday.
Brandt Snedeker went out early and raced up the leaderboard with an eight-under par 63 that got him to 12-under along with Jon Rahm. They will play in the next-to-last pairing in front of Reed and Ancer.
Former Masters champ Danny Willett, 2018 FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose and Harold Varner III were all in at 11-under par.