Saturday 25 January 2020

Reed sees Major improvement by 'treating them like normal events'

Patrick Reed. Photo: PA Wire
Patrick Reed. Photo: PA Wire

Sam Dean

Patrick Reed believes that a change in mindset is behind his excellent run of form at golf's biggest tournaments as the Masters champion targets his second Major title.

Reed followed up his victory at Augusta National with a fourth-place finish at the US Open last month, and was tied for second at last year's PGA Championship.

"The biggest thing is that I treat them like they are normal events," Reed said. "I had always gone into Majors and put too much pressure on myself, having to go and play well, having to do this, having to make birdie here.

"Now I go in there and try to play golf and keep in the mindset of, 'Hey, it is just another day on the golf course'.

"I have been able to stay in that mindset in the past three, and I have played pretty well."

Reed is arguably more popular in Scotland, where he is best known for his exuberant Ryder Cup performances, than in his native United States.

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Allegations of cheating dogged his college career, while a family feud with his parents has remained unresolved for years.

The 27-year-old said his Masters triumph was proof he was "on the right path" to winning the career grand slam, adding it was vindication for him and his wife, Justine, who had quit her job to become his caddie earlier in his career.

"Sitting here being a Major champion, it just shows the hard work and dedication that not only I had, but my team and my wife had," said Reed. "I just know that we are on the right path."

Reed said yesterday that he had already decided upon his approach for tomorrow's opening round, when the dry conditions will provide an unusual challenge.

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"There's 5,000 different ways for me to play these holes, but for me it was clear-cut on how to play each hole.

"There are maybe three or four holes that are one way or another, and that is all going to depend on how I am hitting certain clubs that day. But for me, the game-plan is set."

The past five Majors have been won by Americans in their 20s. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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