Hong Kong - Patrick Reed believes his title challenge at Hong Kong's oldest professional sporting event
will depend on his ability to fend off the stiff challenge from the elite field at the Hong Kong Open.
Reed is making his third appearance at the Hong Kong Open, finishing
tied third (2015) and tied-43th (2016) in his last two visits.
The American is enjoying a solid season having
made his Major breakthrough that saw him prevail in an enthralling final
day battle to win the coveted green jacket at the Masters tournament in April.
has been a great year. I was in in a position to win a golf tournament there but could not
quite get it done. But to finish second in the Race to Dubai means a lot. The
strength, depth and talent all around the world just show how deep golf is
nowadays," said Reed.
"I can't single out anyone in
particular. So whoever plays well this week will have a good chance of winning
the tournament. I'm really excited to play at the Hong Kong Open. It's a
fantastic week and an incredible city. The people are friendly and so
hospitable, it makes for such a great experience for players.
"Hong Kong Golf
Club is such a great golf course, I really enjoyed playing it in my previous
two visits and I hope to play really well, have some fun and be in the mix late
on Sunday," he said.
However, Reed knows it will not be a stroll in the
park at the Hong Kong Golf Club where more than 30 Asian Tour champions from
over 15 countries including defending champion Wade Ormsby of Australia are
expected to vie for top honours, too.
England's Tommy Fleetwood, who relinquished his
European No 1 crown in Dubai last week, is looking forward to getting his
season off to a flying start again.
Spain's Sergio Garcia is also hoping to ink his place
in the record books of the Hong Kong Open which has a rich history of former
winners including 11 Major champions, who have won 30 Major championships