Patrick Reed is feeling the love ahead of this week’s Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club. But should that be the case?
There are a lot of people, including many experts, who like Patrick Reed this week at the Zozo Championship. OK, they may not actually like Patrick Reed because many people don’t. But they like his chances this week at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.
Why would that be? Many experts are comparing the Sherwood Country Club course to Innisbrook in Florida, a place where Reed has had some success, with a pair of runner-up finishes.
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Reed is also in good form coming into this week’s event. In his only start so far this season, Reed finished in a tie for 13th at the U.S. Open, despite struggling over the weekend. He opened with a 66 at Winged Foot, followed by a 70 in round two. However, he struggled to a 77 on Saturday, then carded a 74 on Sunday.
In the only other major this season, Reed also tied for 13th at the PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco. He never really contended but was still able to record a top 25 in a major.
Like him or not, Reed has become a very solid player on the PGA Tour over the last eight years.
He’s not one of those players who is going to go on hot streaks and win twice in three weeks. But he is the kind of player who is going to get his one or two wins each season, as well as someone who is going to make a run at the FedEx Cup.
The proof is in the pudding with Reed. He won in 2013 at the Wyndham Championship, then won twice in 2014 (WGC-Cadillac Championship and Humana Challenge). In 2015, he won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and in 2016, he won at the Barclays.
Reed did not win an event in 2017, but came back with his biggest career win in 2018, when he won the green jacket by claiming the title at the Masters. In 2019, he won at the Northern Trust and last season, Reed claimed the title at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
In the FedEx Cup, Reed has finished as high as third (2016), but not lower than 22nd, since 2014. That’s the type of consistency that PGA Tour pros strive for in their own careers.
Reed will be in the mix this week at Sherwood, a course that fits his eye. And maybe he will go on and knock out his win for the 2020-21 season this week in California.