Patrick Reed is back in action after an outstanding finish to the 2016-17 season. He had four top-20 finishes in his last five starts – sure, we’re being a bit generous with the 30-player TOUR Championship – and eight in his last 11. He even reprised his role as “Captain America” in the Presidents Cup, going 3-1-1 along the way, losing only his meaningless Sunday singles match, 1-down, to Louis Oosthuizen.
Will that momentum carry over to the new season, after a two-week break? Reed has enjoyed some success in Asia in his career, finishing in the top ten in both the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions two seasons ago.
Most importantly, Reed posted a career season on the greens in 2016-17. Just once before in his career had Reed finished a year inside the top-20 in strokes gained putting, but he rocketed up to a .511 strokes gained average, good for seventh on TOUR. That went a long way to offset his 62.17% clip on greens in regulation, good for just 173rd on TOUR.
Reed’s talent alone makes him a threat anywhere he plays. He’s got as much potential for a blow-up week in him as he does to run away with a tournament. I’m looking for more of the latter out of Reed as he continues to grow into the player he’s always told us he could be.