Patrick Reed: Right to be cocky?

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In the hurried moments after victory over the world’s best at Doral’s ‘Blue Monster’, Patrick Reed lifted the WGC-Cadillac Championship trophy- and confidently addressed the media, proclaiming: “My swing coach, my agents, my wife, and my whole team behind my scenes; they know how good I am and they believe I’m a top‑five player in the world - and I believe it as well.”

A statement of confidence indeed.

However, a statement, which saw the Texan come in for criticism from those around the tour, and from many fans.

Almost immediately after, fellow pro Erik Compton criticised Reed’s words saying: “When he looks back at his career, and he will probably have a great career, he’ll probably laugh at himself.”

Reed’s comments didn’t sit well with a few bunkered readers either: “Just a tad cocky no way top five, maybe in the future, he’s not even played in a major”, one reader suggested.

Patrick Reed even prompted a parody Twitter account - @PatrickReedsEgo - affirming the impact his post victory speech had.

However, there is certainly a case to be made for the young man’s confidence.

This year alone Reed has won twice already, culminating in three wins in his last 14 starts. How many pros can point to a better record in recent months?

He currently occupies third spot in the FedExCup rankings and is fourth in the USA’s Ryder Cup qualification standings.

Impressive stats for a player in his second year on tour.
I find it refreshing to see a golfer speaking from the heart, not considering what may be the ‘right’ or the ‘gentlemanly’ thing to say.

Still, in the world of golf, modesty - or rather false modesty - is still treasured by many.

This is disappointing, especially within an environment as emotional and competitive as sport.

I find it refreshing to see a golfer speaking from the heart, not considering what may be the ‘right’ or the ‘gentlemanly’ thing to say.

Surely it is better to hear what a golfer truly thinks, rather than being humble – for the sake of being humble.

One other example, which springs to mind, is Ian Poulter’s claim in 2008, where the Englishman suggested that when he reaches his full potential, it would only be him and Tiger, battling it out at the top.

Regardless of whether these claims materialise or are correct, if they are genuine, then I welcome players speaking their mind.

Tougher tests await Patrick Reed, the Masters being one of them.

Despite his own opinion of his game, he is yet to be tested in a major – where it really counts.

I for one wish him luck and hope his golf is up to the test, top five or not.

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