Aug 11, 2019; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Patrick Reed poses with the winners trophy after winning The Northern Trust golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Reed posted two birdies in a three-hole stretch on the back nine on the way to a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke victory in Sunday's final round of The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Paramus, N.J.

Reed finished at 16 under, earning his first win since the 2018 Masters on the first stop of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

Mexico's Abraham Ancer, who charged into second place in the third round, stayed there with a 69 and ended up at 15 under.

Harold Varner III (68) and Spain's Jon Rahm (69) tied for third place at 14 under.

Reed, who began the postseason in 50th place in points, vaults to No. 2 with the victory. With the revamped schedule including only three playoff events, he goes into the BMW Championship in Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., as one of the favorites.

Reed had a messy front nine with three bogeys negating the impact of three birdies.

Three golfers were within a stroke of Reed when he birdied the par-4 16th.

In between birdies on Nos. 14 and 16, Reed made a par-saving putt on No. 15.

Ancer had only one birdie across a 12-hole span until consecutive birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. He was playing in the last group with Reed, creating a showdown for the final hole.

Varner made his move with birdies on Nos. 12-14, pulling within a stroke of Reed. Varner's round included a double-bogey on No. 9, his only blunder of the round.

Rahm moved briefly into the lead as he was 3 under for the day through 10 holes. Bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 were costly.

Australia's Adam Scott (65) finished fifth at 13 under.

Jordan Spieth recovered from Saturday's 74 with a 67, closing the tournament at 12 under in a tie for sixth place. He was joined by Brandt Snedeker (71), Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (69) and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen (69).

It was Spieth's best final-round score of the year.

--Field Level Media

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