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Published: 11:03 | 19/3/19

Reed gearing up for Masters defence


Patrick Reed insists his game is close to where it needs to be as he prepares for the defence of his Masters title next month.

Reed claimed a one-stroke victory at Augusta National last year to clinch the coveted Green Jacket but he has not won on the PGA Tour since.

After finishing in tie for 50th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Reed went on to claim a share of 47th place at The Players Championship at Sawgrass at the weekend and, while he would like to have a win under his belt, he is pleased with how his game is shaping up.

“It definitely would help but, honestly, I feel like my mindset and state of mind that I’m in right now is better than it was last year at this point,” Reed told a pre-tournament conference call on Monday.

“I’ve hit golf shots and have done things on the golf course that I feel a little bit more comfortable this year doing than I did last year at this point, but I just need to go out and continue playing to put four rounds together.

“I feel like I’m really close. I feel like I’ve got the bag where I feel really comfortable and confident with it, and now it’s just get some more reps (golf) underneath me and just kind of get ready for Augusta.”

Reed will compete in this week's Valspar Championship before heading to Austin for the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play ahead of Augusta.

“The preparations have been going really well. I feel like I am in as good form, if not a better place, than I was last year at this time,” Reed explained.

“The big thing is just to continue to build and grow on the things that we’ve been working on - my coach and I and my team and I - throughout the year, and just get ready and kind of get in playing shape for the tournaments coming up.”

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