Presented by

Paul McGinley has compared Patrick Reed's confident attitude with that of Ian Poulter

Last Updated: 13/03/14 7:20am

  • Share:
Patric Reed: Ruffled a few feathers with his claims after winning at Doral

Patric Reed: Ruffled a few feathers with his claims after winning at Doral

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."

  • Share:


2014 Ryder Cup

Stephen Gallacher just missed out on Ryder Cup qualification

McGinley: No Gallacher guarantees

Paul McGinley says there is no guarantee Stephen Gallacher will be one of his Ryder Cup picks.

Bubba Watson

US Ryder Cup qualifiers 2014

As captain Tom Watson prepares to name his three wild cards, we look at those already in the USA team for Gleneagles.

Tiger Woods missed the cut last week at Valhalla

Coltart: Woods call a relief

Sky Sports pundit Andrew Coltart believes Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup withdrawal is a weight off Tom Watson's shoulders.