Ryder Cup revenge the only thing on Reed's radar

NEW YORK • Patrick Reed clinched a spot on the American Ryder Cup team when he won The Barclays on Sunday and immediately set his sights on gaining "sweet revenge" when the US take on Europe in five weeks' time.

He arrived in New York occupying eighth position on the points list for the biennial golf match against Europe and booked his place with victory at Bethpage Black, jumping to fourth in the standings.

He shot a final-round 70 despite bogeys on two of the last three holes to finish at nine-under 275, winning the tournament by a stroke over Emiliano Grillo (69) and Sean O'Hair (66).

Rickie Fowler did not fare as well. He needed to finish third or better to secure his position after starting the tournament 12th on the Cup list but slumped over the closing stages, dropping three shots in the last four holes to finish on 74 for a 278 total and joint-seventh spot.

Fowler's loss was Zach Johnson's gain as the 2015 British Open champion claimed the eighth and final automatic spot.

Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson finished ninth on the list, while Fowler came in 11th, behind J.B. Holmes.

Watson and Fowler will be among those hoping to be included as one of four wild-card picks next month when captain Davis Love completes his 12-man team for the three-day event at Hazeltine, Minnesota, that starts on Sept 30.

Europe have won three Cups in a row, and eight of the last 10.

"I want sweet revenge, just like our whole team do," said Reed.

"I finally get to play for the United States in the United States and I cannot wait to see how the fans are, and just have the whole crowd on our side this time."

Love will choose three of his wild cards after the BMW Championship on Sept 11 and make his final selection two weeks later after the Tour Championship, only five days before the Ryder Cup starts.

Five of the eight automatic qualifiers this time also played on the losing 2014 team - Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker, Reed and Johnson.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2016, with the headline 'Ryder Cup revenge the only thing on Reed's radar'. Print Edition | Subscribe