Patrick Reed’s lurking for a title both at this week’s venue and on the PGA Tour in general.
One of two wins since the 2018 Masters came at the 2019 Northern Trust. That was at Liberty National, but moving northeast to TPC Boston should be just fine.
Reed’s overall solid FedEx Cup Playoffs record is bolstered by seven made cuts in seven starts at TPC Boston. Since finishing T-70th in 2013 and T-74th in 2014, Reed cracked the code to the tune of T-4th, T-5th and T-6th from 2015-17. Even a T-35th in 2018 featured four rounds of par or better.
The Texan fired scores of 72-67-67-70, 68-67-70-69 and 71-67-69-66 during his top-10 streak for a cumulative 29-under-par in 12 rounds.
“I love this golf course,” Reed was quoted by TeeScripts in 2016. “I feel like this one, since it doesn’t really change, you’re not ever changing throughout the years, it’s one of those that kind of fits my eye pretty well and I really enjoy it and it’s always good to come to a place that you’re really comfortable on.”
Reed was stellar early in the 2019-2020 season with a top-10 at the WGC-HSBC Champions, runner up at the Tournament of Champions, T-6th at Torrey Pines and a win at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
The 30-year-old got off to a good post-quarantine start with a T-7th at Colonial, only to follow it up with no top-20s in his next four outings.
The gritty competitor has it going again with a T-10th at the Memorial, T-13th at the PGA Championship and T-9th at the Wyndham Championship.
Reed shot 65-68-67-64 while finishing second in the field in strokes gained off the tee (1.21 per round). Having the driver going is key for Boston where low numbers await those who play from the fairway.
He struggled around the greens in Greensboro, but his short game is usually a strength (20th SG, .369).
All signs point to a big week for the defending champ.