Patrick Reed has been the king of major championships this year with a win at the Masters and a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Open, and he’ll look to carry his momentum over into this week’s Travelers Championship.
While Reed has been excellent in the biggest tournament’s this season, he’s struggled to find the same form in regular PGA Tour events. He knows he needs to make birdies this weeks at TPC River Highlands.
“There’s multiple challenges here. You know, with going on attack mode, if you get a little too aggressive you can miss some greens in the wrong spots, it makes it very hard to get the ball up-and-down,” Reed said Wednesday in his press conference. “And also, with all just kind of the subtleties of the slopes and the tree-lined fairways and water areas and trees, it just seems like the wind will swirl a little bit here, and you just have to make sure you know exactly what you’re trying to do with the winds.
“The biggest thing is I think the biggest challenge here is if you get off to a slow start when you’re just making four, five, six pars in a row, guys feel like they have to go ahead and press and try to get it going, and when that happens, when you start pressing is when more mistakes happen. Patience is always key for me, but at the same time, I’m probably going to let the reins down a little bit and fire at some flags.”
Reed burst into contention early Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, but a mid-round stumble cost him a chance at the grand slam.
“Any time you get in contention at a major and put together a solid and good performance, it always gives you confidence and makes you feel good and makes you feel like what you’re doing is the right thing, and you’re going in the right direction,” Reed said. “We feel good, just making sure the energy level stays up and just looking forward to the week and getting out and playing some good golf.”
Many players criticized the USGA for their setup of Shinnecock last week — especially in Round 3 — but Reed thought the tournament played the way it was supposed to.
“Honestly I thought the golf course played fair,” Reed said. “It’s tough. It’s hard. It’s supposed to be. It’s a U.S. Open. You’re not supposed to shoot 20-under par to win the golf tournament.
“This week it’s guns blazing. Everyone is going to be firing at flags and going, and last week it’s more like, all right, let’s try to survive the week.”