Keeping Score

Patrick Reed finds himself No. 1 in Europe, of all places

Polarizing American stands atop European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings, which no Yank has won

218.2: Number of points by which American Patrick Reed leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. As Morning Read contributor Alistair Tait points out on his blog, if the tour’s season were to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Reed would be the first American to win the tour’s season-long race. The European Tour has canceled or postponed its schedule until at least June, and there is talk that the British Open in mid-July will not be played. The Olympics and its golf competition, which were scheduled to end in early August, already have been scrubbed, so the possibility of Reed being the European Tour’s No. 1 without another shot being struck is not so far-fetched. Reed, the 2018 Masters champion and a member of the PGA and European tours, vaulted to the top of the Euro standings by virtue of his victory at the WGC Mexico Championship on Feb. 23. The irony of Reed’s potential as the top golfer on the European Tour is not lost on Tait, who points out the American’s questionable conduct on the edge of the Rules of Golf and his bad-boy reputation in the Ryder Cup. And then there was that comment back in 2014, when Reed won his third title on the PGA Tour, at Doral, and proclaimed himself to be “one of the top five players in the world.” Well, six years later, he finds himself stuck at a career-high No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but maybe No. 1 in Europe might count for something.

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