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Reed hasn't given up on his Dubai dream

 

Global appeal: Patrick Reed says playing around the world is helping him improve his game
Global appeal: Patrick Reed says playing around the world is helping him improve his game

By Phil Casey

Former Masters champion Patrick Reed hopes a hat-trick of European Tour events can breathe life into his Race to Dubai campaign.

Reed will contest the Porsche European Open for the third year in a row this week before playing in the 100th KLM Open in Amsterdam and then the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The 29-year-old finished second on the money list in 2018 thanks to his first major title at Augusta National and producing strong performances in several other high-profile events, but returns to Hamburg 51st in the standings, more than 2,600 points behind leader and Open champion Shane Lowry.

"Coming over and getting on this stretch after how I finished on the PGA Tour, I feel confident and solid," said the world number 16, who won the first FedEx Cup play-off event, The Northern Trust, in New Jersey.

"Hopefully I can continue that form and play some good golf to get myself in the right frame of mind and a good position on the Race to Dubai.

"It's always been a dream of mine to be a world player and go to different countries and to experience life outside of what you're comfortable in.

"I've not been to Amsterdam before, so to go there is exciting. I've been to London before but haven't played Wentworth yet. I feel like playing around (the world) helps round me as a person but also helps my golf game - playing on different grasses and in different climates.

"I feel like I've gotten to know this place a little better and my game is trending and is in the right spot where it's supposed to be. My biggest challenge will be to keep my energy levels up and put myself in position with a chance to win on Sunday."

England's Richard McEvoy defends the title he won last year at the 285th attempt while compatriot Paul Casey hopes to win a 14th European Tour event to boost his chances of representing Great Britain in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Casey, who is currently behind Rio gold medallist Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood in the Olympic rankings, said: "There's a lot of golf between now and then. If I make top 15 and don't make the team, it would probably be the strongest world ranking for British players ever.

"For me, having represented England and Great Britain at amateur level and professional level, and Europe in Ryder Cups, it's the only thing I've not really competed in.

"I've done a lot of things in golf but haven't played an Olympics. Japan would be amazing. It's the one last thing.

"I'm 42 and have a lot of years left yet, but how many chances will I get to play in an Olympic Games? I'll be 43 next year. It's unlikely that I'd make it as a 47-year-old."

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