As a way of deflecting the conversation that they were jumping from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf for financial reasons, several players insisted that a reduced workload was the reason they chose the Saudi-funded rookie league.
But with a slip in his Official World Golf Ranking, as well as an open window in his schedule, Patrick Reed has been announced as a participant in the upcoming Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of the most profitable events on the DP World Tour.
Reed ranked 25th on January 2, then dropped to 38th when he announced he was leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf on June 11. With no chance of accumulating OWGR points on the LIV circuit, Reed dropped to No. .50, a position he held for three consecutive weeks.
With its inclusion in Dunhill – a pro-am event played at three courses in Scotland: St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns – Reed will have played for five consecutive weeks.
September Reed included:
• LIV Boston (T-31)
• BMW PGA Championship (T-5)
• LIV Chicago (T-12)
• Cazoo Open de France this week
• Next week’s Dunhill
When the 2018 Masters champion and nine-time winner joined LIV Golf, however, he insisted he was tired of the constant grind of the PGA Tour.
“It wears you down as an athlete, it wears you out as a person, as a parent, and that’s for me, I feel like this is the best decision ever,” Reed said at the time. “Now I can compete at the highest level, but also prepare and prepare for each event and be able to be at home, and even though I am training at home preparing myself, I will be able to spend time with the kids.”
In calendar year 2021, Reed played 22 PGA Tour events, including the Olympics. So far in 2022 he has played in 16 PGA Tour events, four LIV events and now two DP World Tour events. With three LIV events left on the lineup and next week’s Dunhill on his roster, Reed will have played 26 events this year barring injury.
With the addition of Reed, the Dunhill course will feature 17 LIV Golf players as well as PGA Tour stars Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Billy Horschel and Shane Lowry.
As for his Thursday round at the French Open, Reed hit 73 and was eight shots behind club leader Paul Barjon.
Reed was unhappy with the event’s organizers, who he thinks snubbed him because of his ties to LIV Golf. Reed was not invited to play in the pro-am before the tournament and believes he was left out of the marquee pairings due to the LIV connection.
“It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to the press conference, or not make me play the pro and all that stuff,” Reed said. Du Golf Journal.
“At the end of the day, it’s only my golf that I have control over. I’m here to support the tour, France and all the people who are here. But I don’t see why we can’t move from the LIV to the European Tour (DP World Tour) as we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour.”