Reed aims to bring Ryder Cup passion as he seeks Race to Dubai success

Patrick Reed aims to ‘bring Ryder Cup passion’ as he seeks to become the first American to win Race to Dubai

  • American Patrick Reed is attempting to make history on the European Tour
  • Reed, also known as ‘Captain America’, is on course for Road to Dubai success
  • No American has triumphed in it since it started life as Order of Merit in 1937 

Captain America is promising some Ryder Cup-style passion in his burning quest to join the legends of European golf on the Harry Vardon Trophy.

Never mind the First Avenger, Patrick Reed is determined to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai since it started life as the Order of Merit in 1937.

Reed earned his moniker on the back of brilliant Ryder Cup performances in 2014-16 before dropping his shield in Paris two years ago. Now he wants to play the hero once more and thwart Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood.

Patrick Reed hopes to bring ‘Ryder Cup’ passion as he hopes for success on the European tour

‘I’ll be bringing that Ryder Cup passion,’ said Reed. ‘I feel like I am playing for myself and my country. I want to show all the young Americans that there’s something to travelling the world and it’s too easy to sit at home.’

Reed leads the race entering the last lap at the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday, and made no secret of what it would mean to remain there come Sunday.

‘It would be amazing, something I’ve dreamed of since I first started coming to play on the European Tour,’ said the 2018 Masters champion. ‘I’ve been lucky enough to win a major and two WGC events, but this would be right up there. When you look at some of the players who have won the trophy in the past, I’d dearly love to join them.’

Reed is determined to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai since it started life as the Order of Merit in 1937

Reed owes his position partly to following the advice of one of those legends who won the Order of Merit twice — Nick Faldo.

‘Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet Seve (Ballesteros) before he died but I have spent time with Mr Faldo and I’ve learned how he achieved it in his prime,’ said the 30-year-old Texan. ‘I love how he learned to play the game in all sorts of conditions, and that’s why I enjoy coming to play here.’

A young American who has followed in Reed’s footsteps is Collin Morikawa, who has his own chance to create American golfing history. Given that Reed will play alongside second-placed Fleetwood, and Morikawa with a man more than twice his age in Westwood, there’s a definite Ryder Cup edge to the final two pairings.

Fleetwood said: ‘It’s nice he has the chance to become the first American to win and good luck to him — it’s great he supports our tour. But I have my own plans to do something about that.’




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