Patrick Reed praises Asian Tour 'hidden gems' despite never having heard of them

LIV Golf star Patrick Reed is spending another week on the Asian Tour's International Series, this time in Indonesia. 

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Tue, 14 Nov 2023
Patrick Reed praises Asian Tour 'hidden gems' despite never having heard of them

LIV Golf star Patrick Reed has revealed he has been so impressed with "all the hidden gems" competing on the Asian Tour's International Series, despite being "guys we have never heard of" before. 

Reed, 33, is making his second straight appearance in Asia this week at the Indonesian Masters, which marks the final event of the International Series that has been heavily backed by the Saudi-bankrolled LIV Golf League this season. 

Andy Ogletree has already won the International Series golden ticket that will see him return to LIV Golf in 2024, despite being axed by the league in its first season.

Reed finished T15 in Hong Kong last week but he is relishing the opportunity of capping his season in style with a first victory of the year. 

The 2018 Masters champion is winless around the world since his somewhat controversial victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2021. 

He has, however, twice finished runner-up on LIV Golf in Bangkok and London since then. 

Last year, Reed played a key role in helping Dustin Johnson's 4Aces GC win the inaugural LIV Golf Team Championship. 

Speaking to the media ahead of his first-ever trip to the Indonesian Masters this week, Reed is determined to set the record straight. 

“The biggest thing is to get a ‘W’, a win," said Reed, who is ranked 68th in the world. 

"I feel like the game has improved this year. When I look back at previous years, when I first turned pro, the game feels just as good, if not better.

"For golf, everything has to be on. You have to hit the ball well, you have to be there mentally. Your short game has to shine."

Reed was then pressed by the media on what it means to him to continue playing a global schedule following his recent move away from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf. 

"My ambition has always been to travel and play globally. Being here in Indonesia, and Hong Kong last week, is an example of that and the same goes for LIV Golf," said Reed.

He has also been mightily impressed by the talent on display out on the Asian Tour. 

"One of the many things I am always impressed with when I come out here to Asia is all the hidden gems," added Reed.

"Guys we have never heard of but when you come over here and watch them play you see the talent, and it is amazing they now have this vehicle on The International Series to play and take their game to the next level."

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