Originally Posted by newtogolf
Reed is a very good player, three wins on the PGA Tour is proof of that. I for one don't want to diminish what he's done, as there are some guys that go their entire career not winning three events. All that said, three wins doesn't make you a Top 5 player in the world.
Correct. But so many people are taking his comment as a referendum on the actual OWGR or something. As if he was saying "The rankings are incorrect seeing as how they don't show me listed in the top 5 when, CLEARLY, I belong there." I took it more as him stating how he felt he was playing at that moment. I.e., I could beat anybody right now because I'm playing like one of the 5 best players in the world. When you go back over the previous 11 months, compare his record to the rest of the world, its not hard to see that he would have some confidence there.
Should he have said it like that? Possibly not. On the other hand, one could argue that this publicity falls into the "any publicity is good publicity" category, because he's been getting an awful lot more press than, say, Jimmy Walker or Russell Henley over the past several weeks.
One other small point that is kind of related, but its more of a general comment. People take things that players say differently, such that there is no consensus on what is and what is not "acceptable."
To me, if a player has a really good round or tournament, and then afterwards says "humble" things, I find that to sound a little more arrogant than if he was to just say "I played amazing this week." If you downplay how well you played when you just smoked everybody then it sounds like you think you could do a heck of a lot better. If you sound cocky or confident, it sounds a little more like "this is the best I can play," which I take as being less arrogant.