Masters champion Patrick Reed sets sights on number one spot


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Masters champion Patrick Reed has now set his sights on becoming the number one golfer in the world.

The 27-year-old American claimed his maiden major title at Augusta on Sunday, seeing off a stiff challenge from the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth to win by one-stroke.

The victory has seen the Texas-native move up to 11th in the latest world rankings, while it was also his first triumph of any sorts on the PGA Tour since he claimed overall glory at The Barclays in August 2016.

Reed has previously stated that he feels he should be regarded as a top-five player in the world and following his Masters success he is still standing by that comment, although he has now targeted moving to the top of the rankings.

“I don’t ever regret anything I really say,” Reed said.

“I stand by my comments. I feel like I’ve played some golf that I need to play in order to get to where I want to be, and that’s to be the best golfer in the world.

Reed confirmed that winning a major had been his main target for 2018, but he will now be looking to build on that maiden triumph by challenging for the big honours on a consistent basis over the coming years.

He added: “I’m just happy to be able to say I’ve gotten over that hump of not winning at all last year. Coming into the year one of my biggest goals was to win a major and compete in golf tournaments.”

The six-time PGA Tour winner doesn’t have long to wait until he can challenge for another major title, as the US Open is scheduled to take place at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in June and he is priced at 29.00 to win that tournament.

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