Reed looking to rule in the Volvo World Matchplay
America golfer Patrick Reed, the rookie who went unbeaten for team USA at the Ryder Cup with four wins out of four, and infamously became a pantomime villain for shushing fans after sinking a put, is hoping for better luck at the Volvo World Matchplay tournament at the London Golf Club.
Speaking ahead of the competition, he reflected back on his time at Gleneagles: “Although we suffered a very disappointing loss, I enjoyed my first Ryder Cup and can’t wait to get back out there to play in another match play event in the UK.
“With six of the European Ryder Cup players in the field, I am excited to be representing the Stars and Stripes overseas once again at The London Golf Club,” finished Reed who is 9/1 joint fourth favourite with Coral for victory.
One of those who also joins him on odds of 9/1 is England’s Paul Casey, who won the KLM Open last month, and is the beneficiary of the sole sponsors invitation.
Ahead of the tournament, Casey described his excitement at being involved: “I love the match play format, and am very grateful to receive this invitation for the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship.
“After missing out on being a part of such an exciting European Ryder Cup team performance, this tournament will give me the chance to get my match play fix for the year as well as the chance to play in front of my home fans for only the second time this season,” he continued.
“I’ve had a great couple of months, having become a dad and winning my first title of the year in Holland. So I’m feeling healthy, good about my game, and really looking forward to a great week.”
Henrik Stenson is the 5/1 favourite in London, while Northern Ireland’s Greame McDowell is second at 6/1, with fellow Ryder Cup winner Victor Dubuisson in at third at 8/1 as part of the 16-man field.