More wins: Matt Kuchar or Patrick Reed?
Patrick Reed has been historically great but he has some work to do to catch Matt Kuchar.
They seemingly couldn't be more opposite personalities.
Patrick Reed, the brash youngster with the game to back it up and the penchant for closing. Matt Kuchar, the laid-back vet with nary a mean-spiritied bone in his body who struggles to shake the "can't win the big one" label.
So who do you take?
(As always, we're only counting European Tour and PGA Tour wins)
Reed is 23 and has three wins: Two decent wins and then the big one at the Cadillac Championship against a monster field. Reed strikes me as a guy who will win six times in a year and then go three years without winning. Or something of that ilk.
My concern with him isn't that his game will fall short -- he's got plenty of that -- but rather that he won't adapt emotionally when he doesn't have his best stuff. He doesn't seem like the kind of golfer who is in love with grinding (he has zero top 10s this season other than his two wins).
Kuchar is 35 and has seven wins: Grinding, on the other hand, is all Kuchar does. He just cranks top 10 finishes (eight in 10 events this season).
He's won four of his seven events in the last three years and six of seven since he turned 31. He's pretty open about wanting to play until he can't do it anymore so I could see him winning well into his mid-40s. I'll give him a handful more getting him to 11 or 12, sort of a David Toms-ish or Steve Stricker-ish career.
Verdict: I don't know what to do with Reed. Who's his historical comp? He's the youngest to ever win a WGC event and since 1990 only Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia have won three times on tour before turning 24.
I guess I have to say Mr. Top Five himself will take this one eventually but I bet Kuchar doesn't go down without a fight.
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