European Tour

Reed aware of challenging Hong Kong Open field

Patrick Reed (AP)
Patrick Reed (AP)

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.

"It 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 between them.

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