Masters champ Reed set to defend first major title

Masters champ Reed set to defend first major title

WASHINGTON: Patrick Reed says he’s mentally stronger with better shot-making entering the Masters than he was last year when he won the green jacket, even if his results don’t

show it.

The 28-year-old American will defend his first major title at next month’s 83rd Masters tournament, but so far he hasn’t managed a top-10 showing since sharing second in November at Dubai.

“It definitely would help,” Reed said of a strong result during a Monday teleconference. “But honestly I feel like the state of mind I’m in right now is better than it was last year at this point. “I’m doing things on the golf course I feel more comfortable doing than last year. I just need to go out there and put four rounds together.”

Reed, now 16th in the world rankings, reached Augusta National last year after sharing second at the Valspar Championship and seventh at the Arnold Palmer Invitational plus a share of ninth at the WGC Match Play. This month, Reed shared 50th at the Palmer and 47th last week at The Players Championship after a final-round 78. “The preparations are going really well. I feel like I’m in a better place than I was last year at this time,” Reed said.

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