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Patrick Reed takes holiday -- and returns to winning ways

(CNN)He hadn't won a PGA Tour title for 16 months and with his usual fiery displays lacking gusto, Patrick Reed decided to put down his golf clubs for a bit. The American's self-imposed three-week break from golf in May and June proved just the tonic -- on Sunday, Reed won The Northern Trust by a shot in New Jersey.His final-round 69 was enough for Reed to maintain the one-stroke advantage he'd started the final day with, handing him his first win since his triumph at last year's Masters. Instead of toiling over the minutia of his game on the practice course, Reed opted to vacation with his family at the Hamptons -- the summertime playground for some of New York's most affluent residents --resisting the urge to pick up his clubs even thou ...