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America's Reed wins Jones Cup Invitational

Despite strong representation by players from the UK and Ireland, Tom Lewis from England could only finish tied in 8th place and Tom McClean from Scotland tied 12th. Englishman Stiggy Hodgson finished in a tie for 30th place with James Frazer of Wales and Ross Kellet and James White of Scotland tied in 37th place

So SEA ISLAND, Georgia saw Augusta State sophomore Patrick Reed defeated Victor Dubuisson of France today in a sudden-death playoff at the Jones Cup Invitational, the first U.S. major event of the season in the Golfweek/ Men's World Rankings .

Both players, who were tied one stroke out of the lead heading into the final round, posted 2-over 74 on Super Bowl Sunday to finish at 6-over 222.

Dubuisson appeared to have things under control deep into the back nine, leading by three strokes through thirteen holes. But bogeys on Nos. 15, 17, and the monstrous par four 18th opened the door for Reed, who parred his final six holes to tie Dubuisson, then won the sudden-death playoff with a par on the first playoff hole.

"Going into 16 I knew (Dubuisson) was 4 over and heard he'd just hit it in the hazard, so I looked at my dad and said, 'Time to finish strong,'" Reed told Rex Hoggard of The Golf Channel. "After that I felt like I had all the momentum."

Auburn University Sophomore Blayne Barber , who held the narrow one stroke lead over Dubuisson and Reed after Saturday's second round, shot 76 to finish alone in third at 223. 2009 U.S. Amateur champ Byeong Hun An posted the low round of the day on Sunday, a 1-under 71 that left him alone in fourth, while USA Walker Cup team member Nathan Smith finished T6.

The 54-hole stroke play tournament, founded in 2001, was originally meant to be a one-time preview event held by the host club of the 2001 Walker Cup. Former USGA Senior Champion and Ocean Forest Club member Jim Stahl was one of the event's founders, and he continues to be active as the tournament has moved from a single, then biennial, and now an annual competition with some of the world's best amateurs in the field.

TOURNAMENT NOTES - courtesy Sean Martin of GolfWeek Magazine - to read Sean's final round recap,

* To call runner-up Victor Dubuisson a colorful character may be an understatement. The Frenchman won last year's European Amateur, which earned him a spot in this year's British Open. In Friday's first round, Dubuisson wore black-and-orange golf shoes, black pants, a black-and-orange shirt (completely untucked) and an orange visor.

Dubuisson has a scraggly beard, and almost shoulder-length hair, bearing a striking resemblance to Emile Hirsch's character in 'Into the Wild'; if you've never seen the movie, all you have to know is that Hirsch's character ends the movie by living off the land in Alaska. Dubuisson looks like a skinny mountain man.

His swing is a dead-on impersonation of Brandt Snedeker's action, though. Very quick with lots of wrist set.

While most amateurs stick to the stand bags, Dubuisson's caddie was stuck lugging a full staff bag. Dubuisson definitely has some French flair, as well. I'm not condoning this sort of behavior, but this was the first time I'd seen this act performed out of anger on a golf course. After removing the headcover from his driver to measure a club-length for a drop, Dubuisson drop-kicked the headcover into a tree.

* Brad Benjamin , the U.S. Amateur Public Links champ, improved his score every day, shooting 79-77-74 to finish T16. He had the line of the day on Friday. When asked if he's becoming impatient as he waits for his Masters start, Benjamin said, "I wish there were more days, to be honest. You're teeing it up with the best players in the world."

Benjamin, who's from Rockford, Ill., and went to Memphis, is staying at a family friend's house in Bluffton, S.C., and practicing at Belfair as he prepares for the Masters. He's played Augusta National twice, shooting rounds of 71 and 75.

Benjamin has been to the Masters once, to watch a practice round in 2006.

"It was just so inspiring to be there. I remember standing on the 10th tee, watching a couple of guys tee off, and thinking to myself how cool it'd be to hit that shot in the tournament," he said. "You just hope it's you one day. You don't know if it'll be when you're 25 or 45. That it came this quick is so surreal."

Jones Cup Invitational: Top Finishers

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Golfweek/ Player Rankings points events
Place Player Scores
1 GA Patrick Reed , Augusta, GA 72-76-74--222*
2 France Victor Dubuisson , France 78-70-74--222
3 FL Blayne Barber , Lake City, FL 73-74-76--223
4 FL Byeong-Hun An , Bradenton, FL 75-78-71--224
5 AL Bobby Wyatt , Mobile, AL 75-76-74--225
T6 GA Matt Nagy , Buena Vista, GA 71-81-74--226
T6 PA Nathan Smith , Pittsburgh, PA 75-78-73--226
T8 AL Hunter Hamrick , Montgomery, AL 73-75-79--227
T8 VA Brinson Paolini , Virginia Beach, VA 76-75-76--227
T8 GA Harris English , Thomasville, GA 75-77-75--227
T8 England Tom Lewis , England 75-76-76--227
T12 Scotland Philip McLean , Scotland 69-81-78--228
T12 Sweden Henrik Norlander , Sweden 72-80-76--228
T14 Germany Alexander Knappe , Germany 76-79-74--229
T14 IL Kyle Kopsick , Lake Bluff, IL 78-78-73--229
T16 France Romain Wattel , France 71-80-79--230
T16 OH John Hahn , Hudson, OH 76-76-78--230
T16 IL Zach Barlow , Percy, IL 80-72-78--230
T16 IL Brad Benjamin , Rockford, IL 79-77-74--230
T20 FL Bud Cauley , Jacksonville, FL 74-76-81--231
T20 MO Adam Long , Lake St. Louis, MO 78-74-79--231
T20 TX Dustin Garza , Mission, TX 79-78-74--231
T20 IA Mike McCoy , W. Des Moines, IA 79-77-75--231
T20 CT John Murphy , Wilton, CT 81-74-76--231
T25 NV Kevin Marsh , Henderson, NV 76-76-80--232
T25 GA Jeff Knox , Augusta, GA 79-75-78--232
T25 MO Scott Langley , St. Louis, MO 83-73-76--232
T25 SC Patrick Rada , Anderson, SC 81-75-76--232
T25 TX Cory Whitsett , Houston, TX 76-79-77--232
T30 England Stiggy Hodgson , England 83-70-80--233
T30 Portugal Nuno Henriques , Portugal 80-73-80--233
T30 CA Patrick Cantlay , Los Alamitos, CA 77-78-78--233
T30 TN David Holmes , Knoxville, TN 77-78-78--233
T30 Australia Bryden Macpherson , Australia 75-80-78--233
T30 TX Anthony Paolucci , Dallas, TX 76-78-79--233
T30 FL Arnond Vongvanij , Bradenton, FL 77-80-76--233
T37 FL Sean Dale , Jacksonville, FL 82-77-75--234
T37 Wales James Frazer , Wales 77-81-76--234
T37 Scotland Ross Kellett , Scotland 79-82-73--234
T37 Scotland James White , Scotland 81-78-75--234


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