Patrick Reed believes his game is exactly where it needs to be as he aims to climb the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex at the 100th KLM Open.
The 2018 Masters Tournament winner came close to becoming the first American to be crowned Europe’s Number One golfer last year, finishing runner-up to Italian Francesco Molinari.
As a result of six top ten finishes and his maiden Major Championship, Reed was handed an Honorary Life Membership by the European Tour in February as he achieved his goal of becoming a worldwide player.
Reed sits 53rd in the 2019 Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex following a finish of tied for 36th in last week’s Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Courses.
And the 29-year-old is excited to travel to Amsterdam for his debut in the Netherlands and hopes to be in the mix during a busy end to his worldwide calendar.
“It’s trending. I feel like I have been playing some solid golf here recently and I feel that this year has been a big learning experience for me after winning the previous year,” Reed said.
“That being said, I feel that’s the game’s where it needs to be, continue to grind and continue to go out there and take it day by day and try and have chances to win on Sunday.
“I feel good. The golf course was a lot of fun the past two days and the variant is unbelievable so to be able to experience the different golf courses is fun, which is good for the game and good for me.
“I will play this week, I’m playing next week as well then I will go home for a couple of weeks. I have three more overseas with the PGA Tour, in South Korea and China.
I feel that this year has been a big learning experience for me - Patrick Reed
“Hopefully after that Dubai then Hong Kong so I’m not stopping anytime soon. I’m going to be on the road quite a bit and I’ll look forward to it and finish off the calendar year right.”
The World Number 17 believes The International is a course that the stellar field - which includes former Major winners Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Padraig Harrington and home favourite Joost Luiten - will enjoy.
“It’s good. A lot of blind shots but at the same time it makes you have to really think, you have to do everything out there,” Reed said.
“Think of everything from irons to driver off every tee, you have to work the ball both ways, the greens are in absolutely perfect shape - that’s the biggest thing.
“All of us love it when the greens are perfect. The greens make it easier to makes putts at the same time.”