Reed promises more excitable fist pumps at London Club

Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:13am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ASH England (Reuters) - Patrick Reed is unlikely to be repeating his Ryder Cup whooping and hollering at this week's Volvo World Match Play Championship but the American has promised to adopt the same sort of "killer instinct".

The 24-year-old formed a brilliant rookie partnership with Jordan Spieth at last month's Ryder Cup in Scotland and his vocal exhortations and fist-pumping histrionics were among the highlights of the week at Gleneagles.

"There will definitely be emotion and passion out there this week," Reed told a news conference at the London Club on the eve of the 50th anniversary edition of the World Match Play.

"It's a passion I have for the game of golf and with match play there's always that little extra killer instinct that I have due to the fact I know where I am at all times because the guy I'm playing is next to me.

"Am I going to get as rowdy as I did at the Ryder Cup? Probably not. With hearing how the fans were cheering for the European side, how much louder it was than for the American side, got me going even more," said Reed.

"Playing great golf always gets me excited no matter what. Whether I'm on the PGA Tour or over here, if I'm making birdies and playing well there's going to be fist‑pumps and excitement because I'm playing the game I love and doing it well."

Reed was one of the few Ryder Cup successes for the United States as they slipped to their eighth defeat in 10 editions of the biennial team event.

The excitable rookie played with the aura of a veteran, winning three and a half points out of four including a victory over world number five Henrik Stenson in the singles.   Continued...

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