Following his emphatic Masters victory last week, golfer Patrick Reed has revealed that he is now targeting the World No. 1 spot. Reed held off fierce competition from Ryder Cup partners Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to claim his first major title on Sunday, but despite claiming the coveted green jacket, Reed still sits outside of the Top 10 of the golf world rankings.
Prior to last week’s Masters tournament, few would have backed Patrick Reed to make such a splash at Augusta National. Back in 2014, Reed claimed that he was a ‘Top 5 player’ – a statement that certainly raised a few eyebrows at the time, but three years on, the 27-year-old is finally beginning to live up to his own bold claims. Reed gave three exceptional performances over his first three rounds at Augusta, but it was his resilience in the final round of the tournament that was truly remarkable.
The win saw Reed move up to 11th in the current world rankings – a significant shift, but not quite at the level that the Texan suggested following his third PGA Tour title in 2014.
Referencing his previous comments, Reed explained: “I don’t ever regret anything I really say,”
adding: “I stand by my comments. I feel like I’ve played some golf that I need to play in order to get to where I want to be, and that’s to be the best golfer in the world.
“The way you’re going to do that is perform in these big events and to win these big events.
“I’m just happy to be able to say I’ve gotten over that hump of not winning at all last year. Coming into the year one of my biggest goals was to win a major and compete in golf tournaments.
“To be able to get them both at once, to end the drought and win a major, it helps me mentally, and also helps my resume, and hopefully I can just take this momentum going forward and play some really solid golf.”