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‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed to bring his Ryder Cup heroics to Hong Kong Open at Fanling

Texan who upstaged Rory McIlroy in crucial opening singles at Hazeltine to return to Fanling for US$2 million tournament in December

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 9:12am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 9:32am

Patrick Reed, dubbed the new “Captain America” after his Ryder Cup heroics, will bring his firebrand game and personality to the US$2 million UBS Hong Kong Open in December.

Reed’s participation at Fanling from December 8-11 will be announced next week, the Post understands.

World number seven Reed beat Europe’s talisman, Rory McIlroy, in an epic opening singles on the final day at Hazeltine, setting the stage for the US to win the Ryder Cup for the first time in eight years.

The 26-year-old was also one of the star characters at last year’s Hong Kong Open, finishing in a tie for third behind England’s Justin Rose.

Americans finally hustle into Fanling, and Patrick Reed is happy to lead the charge

Reed and McIlroy, who won the 2011 Hong Kong Open, produced one of the Ryder Cup battles for the ages with the raging-bull American winning 1-up, as the US powered to a convincing 17-11 victory.

“To go out there and play the way I did, I don’t really know what to say,” Reed said afterwards.

“Anytime I get to wear red, white and blue means so much. It gives me goosebumps. It was amazing to be in front of our fans.”

Teammate and partner Jordan Spieth called him “Captain America”, while McIlroy said the Texan’s contribution was “immense”.

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Reed left Hong Kong last year impressed by everything he saw in a tournament fighting to regain its lustre after two difficult years.

“I am going to go back and tell all my friends and other golfers if they have an opportunity to come here,” he said after finishing six shots behind Rose.

“This place is awesome, with UBS and the way they run the event and of course Hong Kong Golf Club and the way people treat you. It was really a fun experience and hopefully I can come back again.”

World number 11 Rose will also be back to defend his title at Hong Kong Golf Club and will be joined by Masters champion Danny Willett, who had a Ryder Cup debut to forget.

World number nine Willett lost all his three matches and is unlikely to get a warm welcome when he returns to the US after tweeting that his brother was right when he described American fans as a “baying mob of imbeciles”, “cretins” and “dim Yanks”.