World ranking (current/end of year)
Current 2020 Stats
FedEx Cup Rank: 6th
Top 10: 4
Top 25: 6
Made Cut: 7
Off-The-Tee: 109th (2019: 75th, 2018: 104th, 2017: 69th, 2016: 63rd)
Approach: 38th (2019: 78th, 2018: 74th, 2017: 120th, 2016: 86th)
Around The Green: 38th (2019: 14th, 2018: 2nd, 2017: 29th, 2016: 8th)
Putting: 3rd (2019: 44th, 2018: 72nd, 2017: 6th, 2016: 38th)
Tee-To-Green: 34th (2019: 39th, 2018: 29th, 2017: 64th, 2016: 30th)
Total: 7th (2019: 25th, 2018: 24th, 2017: 24th, 2016: 14th)
His missed cuts in the Sony Open and Saudi International were something of a surprise, being his only failures to play four rounds since the PGA Championship last May. In that time he’s played 24 tournaments, landing 18 top 30s, nine of them top tens with two victories (last year’s The Northern Trust and February’s WGC Mexico Championship). What is that solid form built on? He remains very ordinary Off the Tee, his Tee to Green rank is about average, but he’s on track for a best end-of-year ranking for both Approach and Putting. With Reed, of course, there is also an added factor because he’s faced plenty of criticism for a bunker incident at December’s Hero World Challenge, but in typical fashion he has responded to allegations of cheating with astounding lack of regard, even appearing to be motivated by them.
Grade so far: B+
WGC Mexico Championship (on returning to the winner’s circle): “I’ve worked so hard through the end of last year and also the beginning of this year. Kept on feeling like we were playing some good golf, just weren't quite able to get over that hump. It’s great to win my second World Golf Championship.”
WGC Mexico Championship (on the controversy surrounding him): “I'm used to it. Honestly, it's one of those things that at the end of the day, all I can control is me and what I do on and off the golf course. If I'm improving each day on and off the golf course and setting a good example for the next generation coming up, then that's all I can do. I feel like I've been doing a good job of that. The thing with me is I don't read really what's going on in the media.”
Palmer Invitational (on the state of his game, especially interesting with reference to the improvement in his Approach ranking, see above): “When I miss a fairway, I've been missing it in the correct spots, so I'm still able to get to the green or attack the hole. In the past if I missed a fairway, it could be in the wrong spot. The biggest thing is I feel like my short game's been pretty sharp for the most part and because of that, if it is a little sloppy on iron shots or tee shots, I'm able to get away with it because I can save myself on short game.”
THE MAJORS (most recent result on the left)
The Masters: 36-1-MC-49-22-MC
The contrast between Reed’s win in 2018 and his other five starts at Augusta are really quite extraordinary. Results? The victory is his only top 20. End-of-round position? He was T4 or better all week in 2018, but has never ended another round inside the top ten (and only twice been inside the top 20). Round scores? He went sub-70 three times during his triumph, but has done so only once in his other 16 circuits. Incredibly, 11 of his 20 scores at Augusta have been over-par.
PGA Championship: MC-MC-2-13-30-59
A solid tournament record has gone horribly wrong in the last two seasons. Not only did he miss the cut at Bellerive and Bethpage Black, he never looked like doing anything else and was ranked outside the top 100 on Friday night.
U.S. Open: 32-4-13-MC-14-35
A decent bank of form in the national championship that has not quite taken off yet. Back at Chambers Bay in 2015 he was tied for the lead at halfway, but a third round 76 set him in reverse and he ended the week T14. At Erin Hills (2017) and Shinnecock Hills (2018) he was T7 after 54 holes, positions that eventually reaped T13 and T4.
Open Championship: 10-28-MC-12-20-MC
At first glance four top 30s, two of them T12 or better looks decent enough. But the truth is that the closest he has been to the lead after three rounds was T9 in 2016 (when he was T12). In fact, in his 24 major championship appearances, he has only once been T6 or better when sleeping ahead of the final round – during his Masters triumph (on that occasion he held a three-shot lead).