The current Race to Dubai leader is 460 points clear of his closest challenger on the eve of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, with the Harry Vardon Trophy at stake.
Reed has cemented his place on top by winning the WGC-Mexico Championship and not finishing lower than 13th in the three Majors played in 2020, while also claiming third place at the BMW PGA Championship.
On the eve of playing in Dubai, Reed, who was heavily booed at the last Ryder Cup in Paris as he played up to the crowds at the event, said: “There’s a lot in between now and Sunday that has to happen but winning the Race to Dubai would mean a lot because I want my game to travel. I want to be a world player.
“I want to be able to bring my game anywhere, adapt to the different places I come to and this is just the first step of doing that. It’s a big week.”
In all, it is mathematically possible for 61 of the 65-strong field to end the year as European No1, with Reed’s fellow American Collin Morikawa strongly in contention because of his PGA Championship victory despite never having played a regular European Tour event prior to tomorrow’s start.
Only five players outside Europe have ever topped the European Tour points list: Australian Greg Norman, and South African quartet Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Bobby Locke and Dale Hayes.