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LIV Golf: Patrick Reed indicates unfinished business in Europe

LIV Golf player Patrick Reed appeared to indicate he has unfinished business on the DP World Tour. 

Reed, you could argue, is one of the professional golfers who might be justified in feeling even more ticked off than others given the proposal to bring the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf under one umbrella. 

The 31-year-old American clearly feels unfairly treated anyway, and that is demonstrated by his ongoing defamation lawsuits against members of the golf media. 

Reed joined LIV Golf in June 2022. It was a decision that immediately restricted him to appearances in breakaway tour events and the majors. 

At the time there were many who suggested Reed was reaping what he was sowing. He had made a financial decision and had to accept the European circuit was reacting accordingly. 

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But the American maintained throughout that as an honorary member of the tour, such treatment was unwarranted. He even turned up the sports arbitration case in person to plead his case.

Reed was granted his honorary membership in 2019, joining a list that only included Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer at the time. Collin Morikawa has since been given the honour. 

Court documents recently suggested the PGA Tour viewed the DP World Tour as a “underinvested and borderline distressed asset”. 

A deal – which never transpired – was proposed to see the PGA Tour financially benefit from the Ryder Cup. That deal was estimated to have cost between $40-60m. 

Among the other tranche of documents included email communications between DP World Tour chief Keith Pelley and PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan, discussing investment from Golf Saudi. 

These revelations have led to Ian Poulter suggesting before LIV Golf London that heads should roll in the corridors of power.

“I just think people are better informed now, aren’t they,” Lee Westwood said, backing up Poulter.

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“Like I said earlier, there’s more transparency as to what goes on in all of the golfing organizations. It’s not so much vindication, it’s just that people know the true facts now.”

As for Reed, he conceded that he doesn’t know what the ‘merger’ will look like. Who does. 

But he told the Guardian’s Ewan Murray:

“I have always loved coming over, playing on the European Tour and showing my support. I took pride in being the one American who always came over consistently. Hopefully everything will work out and I can get back to doing that.

“I have been everywhere: the big events, smaller events. It wasn’t like I only came over and played in the big events, I showed support consistently. Once I got my card I kept coming over, kept showing support and tried to play at least the minimum number of tournaments every year.

“Getting honorary life membership as only the fourth American and the only American still out playing meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to me to come over and play, to show support to the entire tour.”

More from LIV Golf London:

Reed is not in the field for next week’s Scottish Open. He hasn’t played that tournament since 2018. 

There is talk LIV Golf want to expand there schedule even further, adding another event a week before the Open. 

That is a decision that players at LIV wouldn’t likely relish. Cameron Smith thinks the rival league has nailed the sweet spot for a top player’s schedule in 14 events alongside the four majors. 

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