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Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Patrick Reed  (Getty Images)
Patrick Reed (Getty Images)

Patrick Reed is looking to kickstart his Race to Dubai campaign as he plays the first of three prestigious European Tour events in a row at this week's Porsche European Open.

The American will tee it up at Green Eagle Golf Courses for the third season in a row before heads to the Netherlands for the 100th KLM Open and then to Wentworth Golf Club for the fourth Rolex Series event of the season.

Reed finished second on last season's Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex and is looking to pick up a healthy haul of points to improve on his current position of 51st heading into the closing stretch of the season.

The 2018 Masters Tournament Champion has long spoken of his desire to be a truly international player and with the 2019 campaign having just finished in his homeland, he is determined to stake a claim to be the first American crowned Europe's Number One.

"Coming over and getting on this stretch after how I finished on the PGA Tour, I feel confident and solid," he said. "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 awesome. 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.

"To be able to come over, especially here in Hamburg - there’s a reason I continue to come back.

"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 helps well round me as a person but also helps my golf game - playing on different grasses and in different climates.

"There’s a lot of little things that go into playing golf that a lot of people may not realise."

It’s always awesome. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a world player and go to different countries - Patrick Reed

Reed finished 19th here in 2017 as the event was affected by weather and ninth last season in glorious conditions in northern Germany.

Having played the course in contrasting conditions and with his results trending in the right direction, the 29-year-old is eager to be in contention on Sunday.

"The first year I played, we didn’t know if I’d play Sunday because it was under water," he said. "Last year it was 90 degrees and firm and fast. This year it’s a little cooler and the wind has picked up.

"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."

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