Rest key to 25/1 Reed’s revival

Patrick Reed admits a mid-season rest did the trick after he won the Northern Trust and advanced to the second FedEx Cup play-off event – the BMW Championship (Reed 25/1 – BMW Championship Outright).

After what has been a disappointing season for the Texan, he hit back to claim the first FedEx Cup tournament in New Jersey, with a final-round 69 enough to hold off the advances of Mexico’s Abraham Ancer.

It seemed a victory might be coming as the 29-year-old’s game had picked up over the past few weeks, with a couple of top-10s, including at the Open Championship.

Having struggled for lengthy periods in 2019, the 2018 Masters champion opted to take three weeks away from the sport in May and June, holidaying in the Hamptons with his family.

The break did the trick and he confessed to feeling a different player on his return.

“I come back and I’m hitting the ball farther,” he told the PGA Tour website. “I have a clear picture on what I’m trying to do and, all of a sudden, I come out and I start hitting the ball where it’s supposed to go.

“I’m starting to think clearly while I’m out there and the game starts turning around.”

The field has now been cut to just 70 players for the penultimate event of the season in Illinois, with Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka joint-favourites at 8/1 to win the BMW.

All the big names will tee it up at Medinah Country Club, with Jon Rahm (11/1), Dustin Johnson (14/1) and Justin Thomas (16/1) all fancied to do well.

Tiger Woods is priced at 35/1 and it remains to be seen if he plays after withdrawing from last week’s event.

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