Dec 9th, 2020
Reed eyes European top spot
American is favourite to take Race to Dubai crown
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The 2018 Masters Tournament winner heads into the final Rolex Series event of the season with a 460 point advantage over Englishman and fellow Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood - who is in the hunt for a second Race to Dubai title following his momentous year in 2017.
“Just to be over here, be back playing on The European Tour is always a treat for me, and to be in the position that I'm in, being the leader coming in, is an awesome feeling," said Reed.
“I feel comfortable with the way the game is right now. I feel good going into tomorrow, and it's just one of those things that it's the last event of the year. It's a sprint. Go out there and leave it all out there and play as hard as you can and hopefully by late Sunday, we have a chance to win not only the tournament but The Race to Dubai."
As it stands Reed, Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa, and two-time European Number One Lee Westwood, are guaranteed to claim the Race to Dubai crown with victory at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
“I think for all the guys that made it here, it's a great end to the year. I mean, individually, it's a massive event and then, of course, you've got the added part of the Race to Dubai on there, as well, which is massive," said Fleetwood.
Morikawa is also excited by the prospect of winning not only the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, and a first Rolex Series title, but topping the Race to Dubai Rankings in a season in which he captured his maiden Major title at the US PGA Championship.
The 22-year-old is already planning to spend more time on this side of the Atlantic no matter the outcome over the Earth Course this week, having signed up for European Tour membership in 2021.
It truly is all to play for as the 2020 season reaches a thrilling climax. Outside of the top four players, for four others – Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Victor Perez, Aaron Rai and Tyrrell Hatton – Race to Dubai glory is guaranteed if they take the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, title and Reed doesn’t finish solo second.
However, with 2,000 of the 12,000 points on offer going to the winner, there is still a mathematical chance that any of the leading 60 available players on the Race to Dubai standings, and Joost Luiten in 72nd position, could take the ultimate prize at the end of the week.