Patrick Reed enters this week’s DP World Tour Championship atop the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, and he intends to stay there
Reed, the outspoken force behind the Americans’ victory against Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup, is in position to swipe another of Europeans’ most prized golf trophies. Reed leads the Race to Dubai standings entering the season-ending $8 million DP World Tour Championship, which begins today in Dubai. He could become the first American to win the European Tour’s season title.
“To be over here, be able to be back play on The European Tour is always a treat for me,” Reed said. “To be in the position that I'm in, being kind of the leader coming in, is an awesome feeling. It shows that what I did throughout year was solid and really it comes down to this event. Come down and play well and hopefully make history.
Reed, 30, the 2018 Masters champion, has been atop the European Tour standings virtually all year on the strength of his victory in February at the WGC Mexico Championship, which earned dual points on PGA and European tours. A victory this week in the 65-man Dubai event would give Reed the $3 million first-place check, the $2 million Race to Dubai bonus and 2,000 points in the standings.
Any of the top 60 has a mathematical chance of winning, according to the European Tour, but Reed controls his destiny. He intends to hold nothing back at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course.
“It's a sprint,” he said. “Go out there and leave it all out there and play as hard as you can and hopefully by late Sunday, we have a chance to win not only the tournament but the Race to Dubai.”
In his only appearance in a distinctly European Tour event this year, Reed tied for third in the BMW PGA Championship in October. Reed and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who stands second in the Race to Dubai, will tee off Thursday in the anchor two-ball (tee times). They will be preceded on the first tee by No. 3 Collin Morikawa, the American winner of the PGA Championship, and England’s Lee Westwood. Christiaan Bezuidenhout surged into fifth place on the strength of two consecutive victories in his native South Africa in events co-sponsored by the European and Sunshine tours.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to not only win on the PGA Tour but also on the European Tour, and to win the FedEx Cup as well as the Race to Dubai,” Reed said. “To be able to get one of those kind of goals that I've had set for my career, especially this early, would be great.”
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