To stave off rumors of wanting to move from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf for financial reasons, many players claimed a reduced workload was the reason they chose the entry-level league backed by Saudi funding.
But with a slip in his Official World Golf Ranking and an open window in his schedule, Patrick Reed has been announced as a participant in the upcoming Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of the more lucrative events on the DP World Tour.
Reed was ranked number 25 on January 2, then dropped to number 38 when he announced he would be leaving the PGA Tour on June 11 for LIV Golf. With no chance of racking up OWGR points on the LIV circuit, Reed has dropped to number 50, a position he has held for three consecutive weeks.
With his inclusion in the Dunhill – a pro-am event played on three courts in Scotland: St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns – Reed will have played in five consecutive weeks.
Reed’s September included:
• LIV Boston (T-31)
• BMW PGA Championship (T-5)
• LIV Chicago (T-12)
• Cazoo Open de France this week
• Dunhill next week
However, when the 2018 Masters champion and nine-time winner joined LIV Golf, he insisted he was tired of the constant grind of the PGA Tour.
“It carries you as an athlete, carries you as a person, as a father, and this is 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 get ready for any event and be at home, and although I’m grinding at home getting ready, I can spend time with the kids.”
Yasir Al Rumayyan, governor of the Public Investment Fund, responds after a putt on the fifth green during the pro-am for the LIV Golf Invitational – Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms on September 15, 2022 in Sugar Grove, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf via Getty Images)
In the 2021 calendar year, 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 more LIV events on the schedule and Dunhill next week on his roll, Reed will have played 26 events this calendar year barring injuries.
With the addition of Reed, the Dunhill field will feature 17 LIV Golf players, as well as PGA Tour stars Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Billy Horschel and Shane Lowry.
As for his round at the French Open on Thursday, Reed shot 73 and was eight shots behind early clubhouse leader Paul Barjon.
Reed was displeased with the event organizers, who he says disapproved of him for his LIV Golf ties. Reed was not invited to play in the pro-am for the tournament and believes he was left out of the marquees due to the LIV connection
“It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to the press conference, or not let me play the pro-am and all that stuff,” Reed told Journal Du Golf.
“In the end I only have control over my wave. I’m here to support the tour, France and all the people who are here. But I don’t see why we can’t go from the LIV to the European Tour (DP World Tour) like we usually go from the PGA Tour to the European Tour.”
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