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The bigger the moment, better Patrick Reed plays
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — One of the messages Patrick Reed received for his hard-earned Masters victory came from Tiger Woods, who added a personal touch to his tweet of congratulations . “At worst you have assured yourself a captain’s pick for next year’s Presidents Cup,” he wrote.

That’s still 20 months away in Australia and on nobody’s mind except for Woods’, mainly because he’s w88 login the U.S. captain for the 2019 matches. Much closer on the calendar is the Ryder Cup in France at the end of September. Reed moved to the top of the standings by capturing his first major. If he wasn’t already a lock, he is now.

For the last four years, the Ryder Cup has defined Reed’s success in golf. He earned his way onto the last two teams by winning tournaments, including a World Golf Championship at Doral and a FedEx Cup playoff event at Bethpage. And as much as Reed boasted after the 2014 victory at Doral that he considered himself one of the top 5 players in the world, he didn’t win enough to back that up.

That’s why his reputation was built more on playing for his flag than for himself. He was the Ryder Cup rookie who brashly pressed his finger to his lips to shush the crowds in Scotland when he was unbeaten in four matches, and who wagged his finger at Rory McIlroy at Hazeltine when he buried big putts on top of him. Major champion?

Reed had never registered a top 10 in any of the biggest events until a runner-up finish in the PGA Championship last summer, and even then he didn’t have a chance to win when playing the 18th hole. His record was even more suspect at the Masters. Reed had played 12 rounds at deposit w88 Augusta National without ever breaking 70, and only two of those rounds were under par. One week changed everything.

The guy who lives for red, white and blue is now associated with Masters green. “He’s always been a fighter,” Rickie Fowler said after his third runner-up finish in a major. “He’s always been good at match play. It seems like a whole new animal comes out when he gets in Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup. It’s nice that he’s on our team.”

Fowler showed some fight, too. He had six birdies over the last 11 holes, including an 8-foot birdie mansion88 on the final hole that cut the lead to one shot and forced Reed to hit all the right shots on the 18th hole. That didn’t do any good. Reed was solid as ever. The bigger the moment, the better he seems to play.

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