Race to Dubai leader Patrick Reed (30) has given a late boost to the BMW PGA Championship by confirming he will tee it up at Wentworth this week. Before Reid’s last-minute inclusion, Tommy Fleetwood, the world No 13, was to be the top-ranked player at the famous West Course.
Reed is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He is notable for his victories in the 2018 Masters Tournament and the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship. He has represented the United States in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup competitions Reed sits top of the season-long standings after following WGC-Mexico Championship victory by finishing tied-13th at the US Open last month, giving him a slender 28-point advantage over PGA champion Collin Morikawa.
Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have both won majors.
Both have won on the PGA Tour this year, and both are likely to factor in U.S. team events for years to come. They're also both betting favorites this week, albeit on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
While the PGA Tour heads west, Reed is heading east to Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship, where he'll be the most notable American in the field for the European Tour's flagship event. There he'll share co-favorite honors along with Tommy Fleetwood, who lost a playoff Sunday at the Scottish Open.
Reed finished T-13 at the U.S. Open, where he held the 36-hole lead, and returns to Wentworth off a T-4 finish last year. DeChambeau headlines the field at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where he'll make his first start since his U.S.
Open triumph on a course where he won in 2018. He's listed as a +650 betting favorite according to oddsmakers at PointsBet Sportsbook, followed by former champs Webb Simpson (2013) and Patrick Cantlay (2017). The world No 9 will be the highest-ranked player in the field for the Rolex Series event and will be looking to improve on last year's fourth-place finish on his Wentworth debut.
"I really enjoyed my first time at the BMW PGA Championship last year," Reed said. "The great reception I got from the fans in the UK was obviously a big part of that so it's obviously a shame they can't be there this week, but I'm sure they will be watching on TV and it will be another fantastic tournament.
"I'm looking forward to playing Wentworth again. It's a great course and another really strong field so hopefully I can play well again and do even better than I did on my debut last year. "There's a lot of golf still to be played, including the Masters, but I've given myself a great chance of winning the Race to Dubai.
A victory would certainly help me in that goal." Reed is one of five players from the world's top 25 in action, with Tommy Fleetwood - last week's Scottish Open runner-up - joined by Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose.