Reed looking to kickstart Race to Dubai campaign

Cape Town - Patrick Reed is looking to kickstart his Race to Dubai campaign as he plays the first of three European Tour events in a row at this week's European Open.

The American will tee it up at Green Eagle Golf Courses for the third season in a row before heads to the Netherlands for the KLM Open and then to Wentworth Golf Club for the fourth series event of the season.

Reed finished second on last season's Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex and is looking to pick up a healthy haul of points to improve on his current position of 51st heading into the closing stretch of the season.

The 2018 Masters champion has long spoken of his desire to be a truly international player and with the 2019 campaign having just finished in his homeland, he is determined to stake a claim to be the first American crowned Europe's No 1.

"Coming over and getting on this stretch after how I finished on the PGA Tour, I feel confident and solid," he said.

"Hopefully I can continue that form and play some good golf to get myself in the right frame of mind and a good position on the Race to Dubai.

"It's always awesome. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a world player and go to different countries and to experience life outside of what you’re comfortable in.

"To be able to come over, especially here in Hamburg - there's a reason I continue to come back.

"I’ve not been to Amsterdam before, so to go there is exciting. I’ve been to London before but haven't played Wentworth yet.

"I feel like playing around helps well round me as a person but also helps my golf game - playing on different grasses and in different climates.

"There's a lot of little things that go into playing golf that a lot of people may not realise."

Reed finished 19th at the event in Germany in 2017 after play was affected by weather and ninth last season in glorious conditions.