Reed is keen to make a lit­tle noise at ma­jors

The Herald - Sport - - GOLF - MARK LAM­PORT-STOKES

AL­READY es­tab­lished as one of the best play­ers in the game, Amer­i­can Pa­trick Reed has set his sights on mak­ing a big­ger splash at the ma­jors this year while also im­prov­ing his con­sis­tency week-by-week.

The 24-year-old Texan has climbed to 15th in the world rank­ings af­ter win­ning four PGA Tour ti­tles dur­ing the past 18 months, a me­te­oric rise for some­one who had not com­peted in a ma­jor un­til last sea­son.

“That’s the one miss­ing piece for me right now, be­ing able to con­tend and try­ing to win a ma­jor,” Reed said at this week’s Phoenix Open. “I know that will come with ex­pe­ri­ence and hope­fully this year will be that time.

“I only played my first ma­jors last year but I was able to see what they were like. I made just two cuts, but on the Sun­day I wasn’t even a fac­tor.

“I just want to keep im­prov­ing, and have a chance com­ing down the stretch on a Sun­day to at least make some noise at a ma­jor.”

Reed clinched his fourth PGA Tour ti­tle at the win­ners-only Hyundai Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons at Ka­palua in Hawaii ear­lier this month, beat­ing fel­low Amer­i­can Jimmy Walker in a play-off.

With that suc­cess, he joined Tiger Woods, Rory McIl­roy and Ser­gio Garcia as the only play­ers over the past 20 years to have won four times on the US cir­cuit un­der the age of 25 but read­ily ad­mits he does not share that trio’s con­sis­tency.

“I have only been out here on Tour for a cou­ple of years while Rory has been out here a long time so that ex­pe­ri­ence is def­i­nitely go­ing to pay off,” said Reed.

“You know how to han­dle some dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions so I think that’s partly to do with it.”

This sea­son has al­ready been proof pos­i­tive of that in­con­sis­tency with Reed hav­ing posted just one top-10 in four PGA Tour starts.

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