Paul McGinley has compared Patrick Reed's confident attitude with that of Ian Poulter
Last Updated: 13/03/14 7:20am
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European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says Patrick Reed exudes the kind of confidence he expects to encounter from the American team at Gleneagles this summer.
Reed made waves in the aftermath of his victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday by claiming that he viewed himself amongst the world's five best players.
The win also means that the 23-year-old Texan is now likely to form part of the team that US skipper Tom Watson brings over to Scotland in September for the eagerly-anticipated biennial clash.
Reed has jumped from 13th to fourth place in the US Ryder Cup standings and, given his outstanding recent form, looks a solid bet to secure one of the nine places available on the points list.
While McGinley did not endorse Reed's claim to be amongst the top five players in the world, he insisted he had no truck with the youngster's exuberant attitude, comparing him to Ian Poulter.
"It's great to be confident isn't it? Confidence is a great thing in golf and good luck to him, he's having a great run of success at the moment,"McGinley told Sky Sports.
"He's obviously feeling great about his game and great about himself.
"That's how he feels (that he's amongst the world's top five players), but everybody sees things differently and I don't want to be critical of him, I think Ian Poulter is in a similar vein too.
"He's got a lot of confidence in himself and I certainly wouldn't be critical of him (Poulter), so everybody to themselves and their own views.
"It's the mindset I expect from Americans. They are very confident and they do have a lot of belief in their own ability and that's a good thing. It's not something to be critical of."