Defending champ Reed 'trending in the right direction'


KAPALUA, Hawaii – The defending champion of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is ranked 10th in the world and hasn’t finished outside the top-10 in an event since last September.

Yet, Patrick Reed has been fairly unassuming here at Kapalua. He can thank Jordan Spieth and Jason Day for that. It’s the first time the top-two ranked players in the world are in this field in more than a decade.

Reed isn’t fond of down time. He only went 10 days without touching a club during the holidays, and he’s played in seven events (including the Presidents Cup) since the Tour Championship. He’s played well in everything.

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“Right now I feel like my game is the best it’s ever been,” Reed said Wednesday. “I’m definitely trending in the right direction. A couple of my weaknesses I’m improving on and that’s all I can really control.”

Reed defeated Jimmy Walker on the first hole of a playoff here a year ago to win the title. Although it was his only victory in 2015 Reed has collected second-place finishes in Hero World Challenge and the BMW Masters over the past seven weeks.

“I have a ton of confidence, that’s for sure, especially with winning it from last year,” he said.