Race to Dubai: Patrick Reed aims to be the first American to win the title

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Patrick Reed has won eight pro titles, three of which double as European Tour events Date: December 10-13 Location: Earth Course, Jumeriah Golf Estates Coverage: Live Radio Commentary on BBC Sports website on Saturdays from 10:00 GMT. Live radio and text commentary on Sundays from 9 a.m. BBC Two highlights on Sunday at 6:10 pm

Patrick Reed will "leave everything out there" as he tries to become the first American to win the European Tour title Race to Dubai this weekend. ]

The 2018 Masters Champion leads the standings, so his victory at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai will help him achieve "a career goal".

In theory, a large percentage of the 65-strong field could claim the title.

But Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and Collin Morikawa are the only others who are guaranteed to do this if they win.

The Englishman Fleetwood is in second place, 460 points behind Reed, with 2,000 points for the winner as the European Tour has now reached its traditional climax at the Earth Course at Jumeriah Golf Estates.

"It's the end of a tough year for everyone, really, but we've been very lucky with lots of events and the chance to play," said Fleetwood, who joined in 2017. European number one was crowned.

"It's another year I've enjoyed playing for both titles, which is exciting."

Reed, ranked No. 11 in the world, finishing second to Danny Willett in 2018 and has also recorded two top 10's in four appearances in the Race to Dubai final.

"It has always been a dream of mine to not only win in the PGA Tour, but also in The European Tour, and win both the FedExCup and the race to Dubai" , the 30-year-old said.

"To be able to achieve any of those goals that I set for my career, especially so early, would be great."

He won the WGC-Mexico Championship in February to top the standings and returned to the top in October when he finished third at the BMW Championship in Wentworth.

American Morikawa is in contention for his first major win at the US PGA Championship, but the 22-year-old has already signed up for next year's European Tour as he wants to develop his game.

"I want to become a global player," he said. “I want to be able to take my game everywhere, adapt to the different places I go and this is just the first step to doing that.

“ I signed up for membership for next year because I want to play here. I am very grateful for the path I have taken so far, but this week means a lot. It's a big week.

Westwood wants to win the Harry Vardon Trophy for the third time, which will be awarded to Europe's best golfer, in 2000 and again in 2009, which was its first year of this current format, replacing the old Order of Merit.

"It's great to have another chance this year," said the 47-year-old Englishman.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Victor Perez, Aaron Rai and Tyrrell Hatton can also all win the Race to Dubai if they win the tournament this weekend and Reed doesn't finish second alone.


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