Reed targets majors, and a top-10 habit

Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:06pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Already established as one of the best players in the game, American Patrick Reed has set his sights on making a bigger splash at the majors this year while also improving his consistency week-by-week.

The 24-year-old Texan has climbed to 15th in the world rankings after winning four PGA Tour titles during the past 18 months, a meteoric rise for someone who had not competed in a major until last season.

"That's the one missing piece for me right now, being able to contend and trying to win a major," Reed told Reuters at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open. "I know that will come with experience and hopefully this year will be that time.

"I only played my first majors last year but I was able to see what they were like. I made just two cuts, but on the Sunday I wasn't even a factor.

"I just want to keep improving, and have a chance coming down the stretch on a Sunday to at least make some noise at a major."

Reed clinched his fourth PGA Tour title at the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in Hawaii earlier this month, beating fellow American Jimmy Walker in a playoff.

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U.S. Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed chips onto the second green during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles September 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Toby Melville