Love him or dislike him, Patrick Reed is poised to grow to be the initially American to be Europe’s major golfer.
The 30-12 months-previous Texan, who shot to fame at the 2016 Ryder Cup as “Captain The us,” interesting enthusiasts with his aggressive play and on-course antics, holds the lead in the Race to Dubai rankings that appear to a near upcoming 7 days at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, at Jumeirah Golfing Estates from Wednesday by Sunday.
Even though Reed has been a polarizing figure in American golf, fans in Europe really like him. He’s found a warm embrace on the European Tour, which produced him an honorary lifetime member soon after his 2018 Masters earn. He also enjoys the exchanges with European supporters, who have largely moved on from his 2014 Ryder Cup efficiency wherever he goaded and shushed spectators. Those exact same supporters now applaud his fiery competitive edge.
Apart from, using his video game all over the world was often in his options, he stated, and that means participating in the European Tour. As he claimed in Oct at the BMW PGA Championship in England: “I feel like the much more aid we can get, in particular from men from the States, the far better. Which is one reason why I generally arrive above and enjoy, is mainly because I know how essential it is for our video games to vacation.”
He mentioned previous 7 days that he felt a exclusive relationship with European supporters.
“I feel it begun in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland,” he stated, referring to the Ryder Cup. “For the initially time, I realized that they understood my humor, and the competitor I am.”
He mentioned the closing ceremony was incredibly specific to him.
“They announced Tom Watson, and I appeared at the hundreds and 1000’s of European enthusiasts, waves and waves of people roaring on their ft for Tom Watson, our American captain, in defeat,” Reed mentioned. “And it truly moved me. I had hardly ever seen something like that. They loved him no subject what nation he came from. I felt like, I want to be like him.”
Fans in Europe recognize that, by enjoying in the tour, he assists create improved golf there. But items are various in the United States, in which Reed has earned critics on and off the course, starting up in 2014 when he boldly proclaimed he was a single of the best five players in the earth. It was not genuine he was No. 20 in the rankings at the time. Nevertheless he has given that been forever joined to that brash declare.
Most a short while ago he was criticized last December for seemingly improving his lie in a waste bunker when his club brushed away sand powering his ball at the 11th hole at the Hero Globe Challenge in the Bahamas. Although Reed stated that it was unintended and that he did not discover that his club experienced moved any sand, he was penalized two shots.
He said afterward that after viewing the video clip, he recognized the penalty, “but it was not for the reason that of any intent.”
“I thought I was much adequate absent,” he mentioned. “I believe with a unique digital camera angle, they would have realized that. It was not increasing the lie simply because it was considerably ample absent from the golf ball.”
Taunts of “cheater” before long adopted him to tournaments from Hawaii to California. In February, his fellow American Brooks Koepka, a 2018 Ryder Cup teammate, termed him out on it.
“I really do not know what he was undertaking — constructing sand castles in the sand — but, you know, you know where by your club is,” Koepka claimed in an interview with SiriusXM. “I imply, I took 3 months off, and I can promise you I know if I touch sand. If you look at the movie, clearly he grazes the sand 2 times and then he nevertheless chops down on it.” Cameron Smith of Australia also identified as Reed a cheat.
Reed has come to be a grasp at tuning out the sound.
“The biggest detail for me is any time you go to the golf system, pop in my headphones, get to perform and just truly get in tune with every single golfing shot I hit because at the close of the day you just cannot hear to what other individuals are expressing,” Reed claimed at the WGC-Mexico Championship in February.
To the finish, for Reed to earn the Race to Dubai and make European Tour heritage, he has to fend off Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa, and Lee Westwood, who are the subsequent a few in details. Fleetwood received the Race to Dubai in 2017 and has completed second and third in the rankings in the previous two yrs.
Morikawa is in the hunt to win without having possessing played one video game in Europe this year. As an affiliate member of the tour, which makes it possible for gamers to pay out a charge for tour standing, factors could be gained at majors and other situations and used to the Race to Dubai.
Westwood is hoping to earn the Race to Dubai for the third time. “I’ve had some good results in Dubai around the years,” he said. “It’s a huge honor for any participant. I’ve done it 2 times in advance of, so it is good to have one more prospect yet again this year.”
In advance in points, Reed hopes this will be his year.
“I arrived shut in 2018,” he claimed. “So you guess I will do my best to gain that No. 1 place.”