Issued on: 06/15/2021 – 23:58Changed: 06/15/2021 – 23:56
La Jolla (United States) (AFP)
Patrick Reed has the rare chance at the US Open this week to win a major and a US PGA Tour event in the same place in the same season.
The 2018 Masters champion won the US PGA Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines in January and tees off the famous Oceanside layout again on Thursday for the third major tournament of the year.
“The preparation went great,” said Reed. “We feel good. The game of golf feels really solid and now it’s really all about maintaining the energy level and preparing for tournament time.”
World number eight, Reed, whose best US Open result was fourth in 2018, was able to compete with a rare achievement, the Tiger Woods in 2008 in Torrey Pines, Woods (2000) and Jack Nicklaus (1972) in Pebble Beach and Ben Hogan at. in California had reached Riviera in Los Angeles in 1948.
“I don’t mind,” Reed said of a regular touring course that a major is hosting. “This golf course is a very tough golf course … Torrey speaks for itself.”
Torrey Pines plays softer in January than in June, with the US Golf Association putting up traditional dense rough, hard-to-reach fairways and lightning-fast greens.
“The greatest thing is to play harder and faster at another time of the year,” said Reed. “Since it’s a little warmer, the ball goes on. So it’s still Torrey Pines. It’s brutal when you miss a fairway, brutal when you miss a green.
“You have to do putts early in the day because as the days go by the greens get a little bumpy and everything gets a little harder.”
Reed said a solid start at Torrey Pines is critical.
“It’s all about dynamics and I feel like I’m at a US Open that is huge and basically crucial,” said Reed.
“The last thing you want to do is start behind the backball by doing a bogey the first time.
“You want to get off to a good start. That doesn’t mean you have to do birdies, but hit a fairway, hit a green and just step into every round.”
Reed shot a 64 on the opening lap in January and drove to a five-stroke win. He plans to remain aggressive despite the dangers presented at the US Open.
“The biggest thing for me is that I have to stay aggressive,” he said. “It’s not so very aggressive from the tee, it’s more like the second shot. Be conservative from the tee, get on the fairway and let my irons attack from there.
“Yeah, you’ll get some nasty lies here and there,” Reed said. “It’s actually more about judging fliers, but around the green (the rough) it’s brutal.
“You have to be careful that you attack and hit the greens, or in the worst case leave it in the bunker.”
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