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Patrick Reed: Scottish fans get my passion for golf

Masters champion Reed will tackle the Scottish Open in preparation for Carnoustie.

Masters champion Patrick Reed said he felt his passion for golf had seen Scottish fans shrug off his 2014 antics and take him to their hearts.

Reed found himself playing the role of pantomime villain four years ago at Gleneagles after making a "shush" gesture during the Ryder Cup singles against Henrik Stenson.

The American has since gone from strength-to-strength, though, first by leading the US charge at Hazeltine in 2016 and more recently by ending his wait for a major triumph.

Reed will tackle the Scottish Open this weekend at Gullane Golf Club he prepares for The Open at Carnoustie later in the month.

The big-hitting Texan said he relishes his trips across to Scotland to play in front of an "unbelievable" support.

He said: "I feel like with what happened at Gleneagles, normally you'd of thought that would hurt and whenever you come over you'd have more enemies but ever since that happened the fans have been unbelievable.

"I enjoy it coming over here because of the fans, they are just outstanding.

"I think they saw the passion I have for not just my country but the game of golf, they love that kind of stuff.

"You watch football matches here and you can see the passion the fans have.

"I feel that has really connected with the fans here, it's awesome."

Reed believes the Scottish Open offers perfect preparation for what lies ahead as players get the chance to tackle some links golf.

He added: "When guys play at the Scottish they seem to fare pretty well at The Open so guys are seeing that and deciding to come over early.

"It's totally different, you can't allow yourself to get out of control with it.

"The courses are great, you get the condition you will get next week which gets you comfortable going into next week as well."

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