No one played better at the 41st Ryder Cup than Patrick Reed. And while that's a testament to the 26-year-old star being able to hold up under the utmost pressure, it left many wondering why we don't see this kind of play from him in golf's major championships.
Sure, 12 events is a small sample size, but it's still puzzling how this five-time PGA Tour winner and unstoppable Ryder Cup force (Heck, even Jordan Spieth dubbed him "Captain America.") has yet to even manage a top 10 in golf's four biggest individual events. So far, a T-12 at this year's Open Championship is Reed's best performance in a major. His best finish in three Masters starts? Just a T-22 in 2015.
Yet Vegas handicappers recently changed Reed's odds of winning the first major of 2017 in dramatic fashion. According to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, Reed opened at 50/1 in August. Following his heroics at Hazeltine, however, he's all the way down to 30/1 (Yes, Reed also won the Barclays during that span). That's tied for the 10th-best odds of anyone in the field, the same as fellow Ryder Cup hero and three-time green jacket winner Phil Mickelson. Apparently, Vegas believes it's only a matter of time before Reed's stellar Ryder Cup play shows up at a major.
The favorites? Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy, who will once again be looking to complete the career Grand Slam, are all listed at 8/1. Dustin Johnson is 10/1 followed by two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson at 15/1. 2013 Masters champ Adam Scott is 20/1 followed by Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose at 25/1.
Four-time Masters champ Tiger Woods is 50/1, down from 60/1 in August, perhaps, in part, because he's returning to action at the Safeway Open next week. Look for that line to move quickly if Woods shows any signs of progress as he makes his latest return.