The Masters: Red-hot Patrick Reed relishing first appearance at Augusta National
Last Updated: 15/03/14 2:44pm
Patrick Reed: Knows his way to Augusta
New sensation Patrick Reed has extra reason to look forward to his first appearance in The Masters at Augusta National.
The 23-year-old, who recorded his second win of 2014 and third in his last 14 starts when winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, knows the famed venue well.
His parents and sister live in Augusta while he started his collegiate career at the University of Georgia before transferring to Augusta State (now Georgia Regents University) which is located just three miles north of Augusta National.
In 2010 and 2011, he helped the Jaguars to consecutive NCAA Division I titles.
Now, having beaten the best in the world at Doral, the ultra-confident Reed is out to do the same at Augusta National on his Masters debut.
"Before this event, my goal was to compete and be in contention come Sunday at Augusta," Reed said after his Cadillac win.
"To go and play the field that all these guys are going to be in at Augusta, basically, to go wire to wire, that definitely just gives me more confidence come Sunday that if I play how I'm supposed to at Augusta, that we'll be in the running."
Reed declared after the final round at Doral that he was now one of the best five golfers in the world after his win streak which has produced victories in the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina last August, the Humana Challenge in California in January and the Cadillac in Florida.
Lot of confidence
"I have a lot of confidence in my game," Reed said after the victory. "It's one of those things that you build confidence by how hard you work. I feel like I'm one of the hardest workers out here and it definitely shows; I have three wins in 14 starts.
"It's just one of those things that I feel like with how hard I've worked, I'm working my way up to become a top five player in the world. But the thing is, it's just going to take a little time in the fact that I haven't been on the PGA Tour for very long."
Reed raised further eyebrows when he played the final round of the Cadillac in the same red shirt and black pants combination made famous by Tiger Woods.
But for Reed the desire to model himself on Woods was nothing new.
"The best player ever to live when I was growing up wore black pants, a red shirt," Reed said.
"I was growing up watching him, I always thought, you know, it would be cool to wear black and red coming down Sunday. I did it when I was in juniors, I did it in amateur golf, and it's worked. Obviously there's something behind it."
Reed's debut at Augusta will mark the first time he's ever teed it up in any major.