Column: Reed wins big events and now just needs to win more


Published 2:21 a.m. ET Aug. 12, 2019


JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Patrick Reed still hasn’t reached top five in the world.

He is a Masters champion. He won a World Golf Championship five years ago, when he first said he felt he was among the top five in golf. He now has two victories in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event, which can make a case as having one of the strongest fields of the year this side of a major.

It’s what happens in between these big wins that is holding him back.

A lot of golf. Not a lot of trophies.

Dating to his victory at Kapalua in the Tournament of Champions to start the 2015 season, Reed had played 148 times worldwide with just two victories. One of those came with a green jacket from Augusta National. That makes up for a lot.

Reed ended another long drought Sunday when he rallied from a two-shot deficit in the final hour to win The Northern Trust. It was timely because it assured him a spot in the Tour Championship and raised his odds of having a shot at the $15 million prize for the FedEx Cup.

It also was overdue.

The victory ended a drought of 41 tournaments over 16 months since…

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