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Patrick Reed, a ‘top 5’ golfer? He’s getting closer

‘Captain America,’ who exaggerated his standing among the world’s elite golfers 6 years ago, moves up to No. 8 after winning the WGC Mexico title

8: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday for American Patrick Reed, who won the WGC Mexico Championship on Sunday to improve six spots in the world order. Reed, 29, moved to within one spot of his career high in the ranking. Reed had famously boasted in 2014 upon winning the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral near Miami that he was a “top 5” player in the world, prompting eyes to roll on the PGA Tour. Reed ranked as high as seventh after winning the 2016 Barclays, and he added his biggest victory, the Masters, two years later. Reed has been a lightning rod for attention and outright ridicule in recent years. Known as “Captain America” for his match-play prowess on the U.S. Ryder and Presidents cup teams, Reed more recently was involved in a controversial penalty in which critics alleged that he had attempted to cheat by improving his lie in a waste area at the Hero World Championship in December. He was penalized two strokes but incurred greater wrath in the court of public opinion. Also in the OWGR, Norway’s Viktor Hovland jumped 42 spots, to No. 60, with his victory in the Puerto Rico Open, his first triumph on the PGA Tour.

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