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Patrick Reed and Rickey Fowler had everything to play for and equal shots to win heading into the final round of the Barclay’s PGA Tour event on the Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, L.I., NY.

On the line was a Winner’s Share of the purse plus an automatic bid on the Ryder Cup

Team. Fowler,  fresh off his Olympic experience and leading after 54 holes, seemed to be in the Catbird Seat. However, he would experience a round that would make even the worse “weekend duffers” who normally walk this Course, cringe. For the fourth time in his career, Fowler would fail to close out a tournament that he led on a Saturday and fall into a tie for seventh, three shots back of the leader.

In contrast, Reed played consistent golf on Sunday, making up a two-stroke deficit. Ultimately,  he would shoot nine-under par for the weekend,  one shot better than second-place Sean O’Hara.

While Reed walks away with the victory and a guaranteed spot on the Ryder Cup squad, what of Olympian Fowler?? First, he has to hope that these final-round collapses don’t begin to play with his head. More importantly, Fowler not only blew his chance for a win on Sunday. With an outside chance to make the team, Fowler must show Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III that he is still capable of playing championship-caliber golf. In about a month,  Love will finalize the roster with three Captain’s Choices. Fowler must ramp up his game and hope that his name is among the trio called.