Reed entered the final week of qualification firmly on the bubble at No. 8, holding on to the final automatic spot by less than $31,000 over J.B. Holmes. It’s a slim margin, but Reed took a big step toward keeping the contenders at bay with a 5-under 66 at Bethpage Black that gave him a share of the early lead alongside Martin Laird.
“Of course [the Ryder Cup] is on my mind. But really at the end of the day, it’s just trying to get better and play this tournament,” Reed said. “Because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me. If I go out and do what I’ve been doing all year, give myself a chance to win a golf tournament, if I can close one off, then it doesn’t matter. It takes care of itself.”
Reed has had a consistent season with nine top-10 finishes, and he’s in the middle of an especially busy stretch. This marks the fifth of seven straight starts, and Reed will play 12 of 13 weeks from the U.S. Open to the BMW Championship.
It’s an ambitious itinerary, but it’s one that Reed is used to after spending 37 weeks away from home in 2015.
“I’ve played a ton, and it’s just something that I’ve always loved to do,” he said. “For me, my schedule never changed because these are the events I was going to play no matter what.”
While Reed still has work to do to clinch a spot at Hazeltine, he has already begun to consider what it might be like to don the red, white and blue in front of the home fans in a few weeks’ time.
“For me this year, it’s about getting sweet revenge,” he said. “Because my first one was down at Gleneagles [in 2014], and I played some great golf but at the end of the day, our team didn’t win. So for us, it’s sweet revenge, go back and keep that cup here in the States.”