Reed ready to tap into Ryder Cup 'crazy' in the majors

Patrick Reed eager to improve his form in the majors this year. 

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For a man who looks possessed when it comes to the Ryder Cup, Patrick Reed is asking himself the question as to why his best finish in 12 career majors starts is a tie for 12th.

Reed, a five-time PGA Tour winner, owns a formiddable 6-1-2 (W-L-H) record for the United States in his two Ryder Cup starts in 2014 and 2016 - the latter of which proved a major thorn in the European side at Hazeltine. 

When asked to describe himself at the Ryder Cup, the world number eight replied in one word. 

"Crazy," he said, speaking ahead of this week's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, an event the American won in a playoff over Jimmy Walker in 2015.

And then he went all Donald Trump and spoke about himself in third person.

"It just brings out the beast in me. I just come out and it doesn't matter. Everyone just knows, and all the guys know, they are like, 'all right, he's going to do his own thing when he gets to the golf course.

"He's going to probably pop his headphones. If it's 20 degrees outside, he'll be in a short-sleeved shirt and we'll all think he's crazy, but he is crazy. He's going to go out and he's going to take on the world, literally."

With no Ryder Cup on the radar until 2018 in Paris, Reed is looking for a big push in the majors, particularly this year as he bids to record his first ever top-10 finish in a major. 

"I'm working on it," said Reed, who has posted just four top-20 finishes in 12 career majors, with his best performances coming in the final two majors of 2016 with a tie for 12th at the Open Championship and tie for 13th at the US PGA. 

"It's something that you just have to somehow tap into the right mindset and the right part of your mind.

"I’ve been experimenting with things at home with my coach and stuff on how to try and get into that mindset. Tiger obviously knows how to do it.

"It’s hard to do, but yeah, it’s something that can be done. You just have to figure out how to do it."

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