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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 13 Patrick Reed


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 13: Patrick Reed

Born: Aug. 5, 1990, San Antonio, Texas | Career PGA Tour Wins: 4 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,590,566 (18th) | World Ranking: 10

Gary Williams' Take: After winning the first event of the 2015 calendar year, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Reed appeared destined for a monster season, but that season stalled. He went from March until September without a top 10 on Tour, and his first good chance to contend at a major at the U.S. Open was met with a retreat on the weekend to finish tied for 14th. The great hope for this year is rooted in his final six events of 2015 on the other side of the world: Reed posted five top 10s, including four in the Race to Dubai events on the European Tour. He also finished second at the Hero World Challenge to finish the year ranked 10th in the world and has posted three more top 10s since the calendar turned. Reed does not wow you with stats, and he has more lulls than other top-10 players, but he loves to play and plays as many events as any top-50 player in the world. He will represent the U.S. again on the Ryder Cup team, and he could fulfill his own belief that he’s a top-5 player by the end of the year.
Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 8
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T22
    U.S. Open – T14
    British Open – T20
    PGA Championship – T30
Best Career Finishes
    Masters - T22 (2015)
    U.S. Open - T14 (2015)
    British Open - T20 (2015)
    PGA Championship - T30 (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 0
Top-25 Finishes: 3
Missed Cuts: 2

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